Longtime Center attorney, former DA dies

CENTER, TX (KTRE) - A longtime attorney and former Shelby County district attorney, John R. Smith, has died. He was 74.

Smith had run his own law office since 1973 and practiced in both federal and state courts. He also served for a period as district attorney. He ran for the position again in 2012, but lost in the Republican primary.

Just earlier this year, Smith had represented Bobbie Grubbs in a capital murder trial.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy Conway Smith, who described their relationship as "inseparable" and his son, John Russell Smith Jr.

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