Man faces murder charge in 2015 killing of Samantha Dean, her unborn child in Bastrop

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BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — One of the men linked to a high-profile 2015 killing in Bastrop is now in jail on a capital murder charge.

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Court documents allege that Freddie Lee Smith, 33, helped kill Samantha Dean in 2015. Dean, who was the Victims Services Coordinator for the Kyle Police Department, was found dead in Bastrop.

Dean was 29-years-old and seven months pregnant at the time of her death.

Right now, former Austin Police Officer Vontrey Clark is awaiting trial for her death. It is scheduled for next year.

Search warrants revealed he and Dean were in a secret relationship and Clark told investigators he was the father of her unborn child.

According to court documents, a witness told investigators that Clark paid Kevin Watson and Smith to kill Dean. Investigators found Watson and Clark were using prepaid phones and Play Station 4 gaming systems to communicate about the killing.

Both Clark and Watson were charged in 2015 — but not Smith.

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