DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan state senator faces felonious assault and firearms charges on accusations he shot his ex-wife’s car during a domestic dispute at his Detroit home.
The Wayne County prosecutor’s office also charged 35-year-old Virgil Smith Tuesday with domestic violence assault and battery and malicious destruction of personal property.
A Detroit district judge arraigned Smith by video link from jail, set his bond for $25,000 and scheduled his next court date May 22.
Prosecutor Kym Worthy says Smith’s 35-year-old ex-wife arrived at his home about 1 a.m. Sunday and found another woman inside.
Worthy says in a statement that “the alleged actions of Sen. Smith cannot and will not be tolerated.”
Defense lawyer Godfrey Dillard declined comment Tuesday.
Smith, a Democrat, has been in the Legislature since 2003.
The leader of the state Senate, Republican Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof of West Olive, says Smith should give “serious consideration” to whether or not he can still serve his constituents. Meekhof’s spokeswoman Amber McCann said the charges Smith faces are “very serious.”
Her statement came after Democratic Minority Leader Jim Ananich said Smith had been removed from his committees and relieved of his “caucus responsibilities.”
The Michigan Constitution prohibits lawmakers from serving if they are convicted of a felony “involving a breach of public trust.”