Fulton man faces charges threatening to burn family

Charges were filed Tuesday against a Fulton man accused of threatening to kill his ex-wife at a Fulton residence in March.

Leland R. Smith, 40, faces a slew of felony charges stemming from the incident: First degree domestic assault, three counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, attempted arson and assault.

According to the probable cause statement prepared by Callaway County Sheriff’s Deputy Robbie Railton, deputies responded to a disturbance call at a residence in the 1500 block of County Road 340 in Fulton on the night of March 28. Upon arrival, the caller — identified in Railton’s report as “L.S.” — said his father, Leland Smith, was dumping diesel fuel around the residence and was threatening to burn it down.

The report also states that Smith’s ex-wife, Evelena Smith, attempted to stop Leland from pouring diesel fuel after he threatened to “burn the (expletive) down,” at which point “he poured diesel fuel on her and on the floor.”

According to Railton’s report, Evelena Smith, her two juvenile children with Leland Smith, and Evelena Smith’s brother, Joseph Gray and his juvenile son all were inside the residence when Leland Smith was pouring the diesel fuel inside and outside of the residence, “stating that he was going to light the residence and the inhabitants on fire.”

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