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TV crime show to tell the Martin Lynn Byerly story

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Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013 12:00 pm

A television crime documentary, detailing the disappearance and murder of Jasper’s Martin Lynn Byerly, is set to air this week on the ID Network (Investigation Discovery).

The TV series is called Nightmare Next Door, and the Byerly episode is titled “Last Call”.

The show will first air on Tuesday, January 22nd at 8:00 p.m. central time, and it will also air on Wednesday, January 23rd and again on Saturday, January 26th at 5:00 p.m. central time both days.

The show can be seen locally on CMA digital cable 225, on Dish Network channel 192, and Direct TV channel 285.

In the summer of 2012, TV crews were in Jasper interviewing several people involved in the case, most notably the lead investigator, Lieutenant Mike Poindexter of the Jasper Police Department. Others that were interviewed included JPD Crime Scene Technician Connie Jordan, along with Jasper Mayor Mike Lout.

Byerly was last seen alive on the night of Friday, September 28th, 2007 at a nightclub called Jake’s Place on South Wheeler Street in Jasper. His pickup truck was found the next morning, abandoned next to the Payless Shoe Store on Highway 190 West.

However, there was no sign of Byerly, and despite efforts of local law enforcement, Byerly remained missing.

In May of 2008, Hal Smith led investigators to Byerly’s body at an old oil well site, just off of Highway 96, a few miles north of Jasper.

That same day, police arrested Smith’s son, Eric Wade Smith, and charged him with the crime.

During the June 2009 trial, Jasper County District Attorney Steve Hollis successfully argued that Smith killed Byerly in a room at the Tri-A-Nite Motel on North Wheeler Street in Jasper, and then dumped his body - wrapped in a blanket - at the oil well site.

Eric Smith was convicted by the jury, and sentenced to life in prison.