Smith phone threat trial set for Oct. 25

FLINT — Matthew Smith, the embattled Davison Board of Education member accused of making a threatening phone call to the Houghton County Clerk last year, will have his day in court Oct. 25.

The next pre-trial court date was set for Oct. 25 in Judge William H. Crawford II’s courtroom during a hearing held Sept. 14.

Smith is accused of threatening to kill Houghton County Clerk Jennifer Kelly’s dogs during an alleged late- night phone call in March 2020 by Smith and a friend who was running against Kelly at the time.

Kelly filed a police report saying during the course of the alleged call, a man she identified as Smith by his voice allegedly told her he was going to poison her dogs and place them in a trash dumpster. Smith has denied the allegation.

The case has prompted a Davison resident to file recall petition language to remove Smith from the Davison Board of Education. Twice the recall language has been rejected, but a third attempt will be put before the Genesee County Election Commission on Oct. 4 at 8:30 a.m. in 7th District Circuit Court Judge Jennie Barkey’s courtroom. — G.G.