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07/30/06 - Nacogdoches

Victim of Violent Burglary Talks

"It was a relief to begin with not just with us but everybody in the neighborhood. We are really glad. We just felt relieved that he was not walking the streets anymore," says Jimmy Hale.

Hale is talking about Artemus Smith, the man charged with hitting Hale's wife Francis in the head with the butt of rifle when she caught him burglarizing their Nacogdoches home.  

Mr. Hale says his 68 year old wife is a tough woman, but a higher power was on her side that day, because the man she believes she encountered is now in jail accused of murder in separate crime.

The Hale's say they want justice.

Police charged Smith with burglary of a habitation in connection with 7 residential burglaries that have recently occurred in Nacogdoches.

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