Third suspect arrested in connection to the killing of a man found dead near the Antioch Cemetery

Stanton Lane Pearce, 52

The third suspect in the killing of a man found dead Thursday near the Antioch Cemetery in northeastern Smith County was arrested and booked into the Smith County Jail on Saturday.

Stanton Lane Pearce, 52, of Tyler, was arrested in connection to the death of Luis Martinez, 62, of Tyler. Pearce is facing a murder charge and his bail has been set at $500,000.

At approximately 1 p.m. Thursday, deputies were dispatched to an area off FM 2908, in the vicinity of Antioch Cemetery in northeastern Smith County, in reference to a body that had been discovered.

An individual reported that they had information regarding a homicide and that the body had been dumped.

According to the Smith County Sheriff's Office, when deputies arrived on the scene, they found the body around the perimeter of the Antioch Cemetery. The body was found lying face down in what had been a burn pile, and it appeared to have been burned. The Sheriff's Office identified the body as Martinez's on Friday.

Suspects Laurie Perry, 56, and Rebecca Bond, 37, of Tyler, were taken into custody several hours after Martinez's body was discovered on Thursday. Both suspects have been charged with murder and their bonds have been set at $250,000.

Pearce was located Thursday night and, after a pursuit involving Smith County Sheriff's Deputies, crashed his truck into a wooded area off Shady Creek Road and fled into the woods. He remained on the loose until his arrest on Saturday.

- Augusta Robinson

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