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UPDATED: Man Speaks Out About Girlfriend's Killing By Bastrop Co. Deputy

Updated: Wednesday, June 18 2014, 04:33 PM CDT
4 p.m. UPDATE: Willis bonded out of jail on Wednesday, according to Bastrop County Sheriff's Office.



A grand jury indicted Bastrop County Sheriff's Office Deputy Daniel Willis on Tuesday for the shooting death of a Bastrop woman.

On February 16, 47-year-old Yvette Smith was shot and killed after police responded to two men fighting over a gun at a house in Bastrop.

In the initial statement authorities said Smith was armed and disregarded police commands. The next day the Bastrop County Sheriff's Office retracted those statements.

Autopsy reports stated Smith was shot two times.

Her boyfriend Willie Thomas said each day when he comes home he relives the moments his girlfriend was killed by the front door.

"It's been rough real rough," Thomas said. "It messed my appetite up, no sleep, now in order to get some sleep I just have to be wore-out tired. I may get some sleep, but I will wake-up at some point during the night."

Four months after the shooting, Deputy Willis has been fired and has been charged with Smith's murder. Willis is being held on a $100,000 bond.

Thomas said there is no justice for losing an innocent person, but the murder charge is one step closer to closure for him and Smith's family.

"When there's a space missing like that, to me you will never be satisfied, because it shouldn't have never happened, but that's a start. Maybe Bastrop County will wake-up, because there was no reason for that," Thomas said. "She's going to be missed let me tell you, because I enjoyed her company."

The Bastop County Sheriff's Office was not available for comment on Tuesday.

By Cassie GalloUPDATED: Man Speaks Out About Girlfriend's Killing By Bastrop Co. Deputy

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