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Alleged threat prompts bond revocation

March 31, 2000

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A magistrate revoked bond for a Jefferson County man charged with shooting his wife after a bailiff alleged he threatened to "finish the job" when he got out of jail.

Jefferson County Magistrate Gail Viands-Boober said the alleged threat was made while the bailiff was in an elevator with Ricky D. Smith Sr., 40.

Smith, who has no fixed address, had been held under $200,000 bond.

After his preliminary hearing Thursday in Jefferson County Magistrate Court, Smith was bound over to the next term of the grand jury on two counts of wanton endangerment, two counts of attempted murder and malicious wounding, Viands-Boober said.

Smith went to his wife's house in the Happy Creek subdivision last Friday morning and became involved in a disagreement with her, Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies alleged.

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As Teresa Smith and her son were running toward a neighbor's house, a 12-gauge shotgun was fired at them, deputies said. The woman was released after treatment at Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

Deputies said Teresa Smith was hit on the back of the legs with pellets from the shotgun blasts.

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