Wood County constable appears in federal court Tuesday

Constable Smith and K9 Mata
Constable Smith and K9 Mata(Constable Kelly Smith)
Published: Nov. 29, 2022 at 11:55 PM CST
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Wood County Pct 2 Constable Kelly Smith appeared before a federal judge Tuesday.

Kelly Smith appeared in court Judge Nicole Mitchell’s court in the Tyler federal courthouse. He was also placed in custody today, but was released on bond; conditions of the bond are sealed. Smith was also required to surrender his passport.

He was indicted on Nov. 10 by a federal grand jury, charging him with deprivation of rights under color of law.

According to the indictment, on July 25, Smith, the Wood County Precinct 2 Constable, directed his police dog to bite a suspect who did not pose a threat that warranted use of the police dog. These actions resulted in unnecessary bodily injury to the suspect.

Smith is scheduled for a pretrial conference on Jan. 9, 2023 in Judge Jeremy Kernodle’s courtroom.

If convicted, Smith faces up to 10 years in federal prison. A grand jury indictment is merely an allegationAll defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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