Family of Knox County murder victim waiting to see if suspect will go to trial

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Almost one year has passed since a Knox County woman was shot to death and her sister seriously injured.

Now the family is waiting to see if the man charged in the case will go to trial.

Gillis Smith is charged with murder and assault.

A judge will rule if he is competent to stand trial.

Alice Taylor is still recovering after she was shot three times on July 18th of last year.

She says the physical pain does not compare to the emotional pain of losing her sister, Christine Engle who was also shot that night and died. Engle had a twin.

"I miss her everyday. I miss her so much. Every second of everyday. Sometimes it just gets unbearable." Taylor said.

Taylor says her boyfriend of nine years, Gillis Smith, shot them at his trailer.

"I heard him open the drawer where he kept the guns and I turned around and looked at him and said what are you doing? and I started to run and he shot me in the hallway." Taylor said.

Smith was also shot, but Taylor was not sure how. Police charged Smith with murder and assault.

Last month, Smith underwent tests to see if he is competent for trial. Smith appeared in court on Friday, but cameras were not allowed. The judge said he will rule in August if Smith will go to trial.

"I know they take awhile to do this, but it's still, it hurts. it's hard and it's really frustrating." Catholeen Hinton, who is Christine's twin sister, said.

Engle's family says they will never recover.

The judge is expected to announce his ruling on August 24th.

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