December Trial Set For State Senator Virgil Smith In Domestic Violence Assault Case

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A state lawmaker from Detroit is scheduled for trial in December on assault and other charges.

Sen. Virgil Smith, 35, is accused of firing as many as ten shots at ex-wife’s parked Mercedes-Benz during a domestic dispute early Mother’s Day morning.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office said Smith’s trial court arraignment was Thursday and a Dec. 7 trial was set. A pretrial conference is Aug. 27.

Anistia Thomas says she’d resumed an intimate relationship with Smith but found him with a naked woman when she arrived at his home after midnight on May 10.

Thomas says Smith punched her and pushed her out the door before firing shots, destroying the $35,000 car.

Thomas admitted under cross-examination at an earlier hearing that she pulled the covers off of the other woman, Titianna Grant, but says she did not attack her.

Smith’s neighbor testified that Smith asked him to help shuttle the other woman, Titianna Grant, out of the home because she was afraid. He says he woke to the sound of someone running, “and like, I heard shots, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, and I hit the floor.”

Grant said she didn’t see Smith hit his ex-wife but she wasn’t wearing her contact lenses.

Along with felonious assault and domestic violence assault and battery, Smith is also charged with felony firearm and malicious destruction of personal property.

He is a Democrat, representing Michigan’s fourth senate district, including portions of Downriver and Detroit.

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