WARNING: This story contains details of gruesome violence.
Fort Smith authorities have determined that a man who killed himself in Sebastian County’s jail killed an elderly couple with a hammer and killed his mother with a knife.
Prosecutor Daniel Shue issued a news release Monday stating that Lewis Shores is responsible for the deaths of Norma and Jimmy Joe Grubb, as well as his mother, Angela Gayle Shores.
Norma and Jimmy Joe Grubb were found dead in their Hermitage Drive home in Fort Smith on Sept. 4, 2018.
Angela Shores’ body was discovered in her apartment in the 8200 block of Highway 271 on Sept. 10.
Lewis Shores was the prime suspect in all three homicides. He was arrested in Booneville on Sept. 6 and booked into the Sebastian County Detention Center in Fort Smith.
Lewis Shores was charged with aggravated residential burglary, theft of property and theft by receiving. He killed himself in the jail on Nov. 29.
Fort Smith Police Department detectives continued investigating the homicides after Lewis Shores’ death. Shue said his office provided investigative advice and that the investigation was “arduous and exhaustive.”
Police found an array of forensic evidence, including Lewis Shores’ fingerprints in master bedroom of the Grubb home and on the couple’s vehicle in the garage of the home. Lewis Shores’ DNA was also found on the airbag of a red Dodge pickup stolen from the Grubb residence, according to Shue.
Police found Angela Shores’ DNA on a blue shirt and on two knives found in a suitcase in Booneville. Lewis Shores’ DNA was also found on that shirt, as well as on a green shirt that was also in the suitcase.
Police also found Norma Grubb’s DNA on a hammer located inside the stolen Dodge pickup.
Shue said detectives obtained “powerful” direct evidence, including Jimmy Grubb’s wallet being found at a Booneville residence, as well as a statement from a jail inmate.
Shue said a Sebastian County jail inmate, who was a cellmate of Lewis Shores, told police that Lewis Shores gave him graphic details of the three murders. The inmate told detectives the following:
- Shores said he carried a red suitcase and kept changing clothes because they were bloody.
- Shores said he killed his mother Angela by stabbing her in the throat with a long steak knife and putting a bag over her head. He said he “cut on her a lot, waiting for her to die.”
- Shores said he went to the Grubb residence and asked for a glass of water. He said after Mr. Grubb confronted him, he struck Mr. Grubb with a hammer then hit Mrs. Grubb with the hammer.
- Shores said the couple wasn’t dying, “just laying there twitching.”
- Shores said he went to the refrigerator, took out a jar of pickles, took a bite of a pickle, then threw pickles “at their head.”
Both Jimmy Joe and Norma Grubb died of cranial cerebral injuries — blunt force trauma to the head and brain, Shue said.
“Lastly, Jimmy Joe Grubb’s wallet was taken from the residence and both of the bodies had pickles apparently thrown at them. Neither the causes of death nor the peculiar presence of pickles were known by anyone other than law enforcement,” Shue said.
Shue said because Lewis Shores is dead, he will not make a charging decisions on the homicides.
“However, both the victims’ families and the citizens of Sebsatian County deserve to know the status of this investigation and should not be concerned that these murders have gone unsolved,” Shue said.