A Whitehouse man accused of stabbing another man to death at a residence in January has been indicted on a murder charge.

Lars Axel Theorine, 52, was indicted March 17 by a grand jury for the death of Michael Shane Reed, 43, whose body was found Jan. 2 on the floor of a duplex at 413 Hanks St. in Whitehouse.

He was charged with murder Jan. 4 and remains in Smith County Jail with a $1 million bond, according to the indictment.

When Whitehouse police arrived at the residence at around 9:35 p.m. on Jan. 2, an officer found two men on the floor of the living room/kitchen area and what appeared to be blood on the floor, walls and door, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

One of the men, Reed, had “multiple defensive wounds to his upper torso and arms.” His throat was cut and he had stab wounds on his back, arm and neck area, according to the affidavit.

The second man, Theorine told the officer something like “he tried to kill me,” and then became unresponsive. He was in and out of consciousness, according to the document.

As CPR and lifesaving efforts were underway, a knife with a broken blade and the partial blade were found on the floor near Reed’s body, the affidavit says.

According to the affidavit, Reed and Theorine were the only ones in the duplex and no one called 911.

Theorine was taken to the hospital, Whitehouse Police Chief Paul Robeson said at a news conference in January.

Robeson said Theorine lived in the duplex, but could not confirm if Reed lived there.

Theorine owns Paradise Skating Rink in Whitehouse and Big Kahuna Parties in Tyler, according to his Facebook page.

He has been arrested on charges in the past, including assault, theft, driving while intoxicated, public intoxication and burglary, according to Smith County Jail records.


I came to the Tyler Morning Telegraph in September 2019. I report on crime, courts, breaking news and various events in Tyler and East Texas.

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