Man Who Police Say Left Court Before Being Found Guilty Turns Himself In

Tracy Todd Smith/Smith County Jail 2012 photo

A Tyler man who left his court proceedings before he was found guilty by a jury last week turned himself in Tuesday, Tyler police said.

Registered sex offender Tracy Todd Smith, 45, was in 7th District Judge Kerry Russell's courtroom for a hearing on the charge of failure to comply with sex offender registration life/annually, a second-degree felony, on June 12, according to a news release from the Tyler Police Department.

Smith stayed for morning testimony, but did not return for the afternoon court session, the release states. He was found guilty by the jury, and Russell issued a warrant for his arrest.

Smith County District Attorney Investigator Cory Hoover began looking for Smith after his trial. Hoover contacted Smith, who said he would turn himself in, the release states.

Smith was booked into the Smith County Jail on Tuesday, Tyler police said.

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