- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TYLER, Texas (AP) - A Texas prison inmate has been charged in the 2012 stabbing of a Tyler woman based on DNA from a sock that contained a rock.

Roy Edward Smith faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury.

Tyler police on Monday announced indictment of the 33-year-old Smith.

The woman was stabbed about 10 times as she left her apartment, but survived. Officer Don Martin said Tuesday that investigators do not know a motive and Smith did not know the victim. Nothing was stolen.

Police recovered a tube sock, with a rock inside, allegedly used to strike the woman. Smith was imprisoned last year, for an unrelated crime, when DNA testing matched the Tyler case.

Online prison records don’t list an attorney for Smith to comment.


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