Athens saw one of the more shocking murders in recent local history in 2007.

Edward Ray Smalley, 51, was arrested Sept. 6 for the slaying of Tony Moore, whose body was found inside his Clinton Street residence on Sunday, Sept. 2.

Smalley was charged with capital murder — one of three men to be charged as such in the county in 2007. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

Smalley was arrested at the home of his sister in Huffman by the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force. The force works in cooperation with the U.S. Marshall’s Office.

Smalley, a Kentucky native, has lived in the Henderson County area for the past several years. Though he was arrested in Harris County, he was transported back to Henderson County and remains in jail.

The Athens Police Department received a call from Moore’s brother on Monday, Sept. 3, stating he hadn’t been able to reach his brother by phone. The officers found Moore, who appeared to have suffered severe trauma to the head and face.

Moore’s 2003 Jaguar was missing from the residence. When Smalley was arrested, the Jaguar was found and taken into the possession of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department.

Smalley has several arrests on his record, including burglaries, assaults and an escape from custody in 1996.

— Angela Weatherford

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