Suspect who allegedly wanted “to be famous for mass murder” denied bail

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Billy Smith

Billy Smith

A St. Joseph man charged with domestic assault will not be allowed to post bail because of some comments allegedly made to his victim.

In a court affidavit, police say Billy Shane Smith told his victim he “wanted to kill a bunch of people and relayed the desire to be famous for mass murder.”

Smith surrendered to authorities, and with his lawyer James Nadolski appeared in court Friday before Judge Keith Marquart.

Judge Marquart denied bail earlier based on the probable cause affidavit, and would not change his mind Friday. Smith was committed to jail as he awaits a preliminary hearing March 31.

According to court document, Smith allegedly “pushed the female victim’s head against the wall,” then “…threw a soda pop on the victim and smashed her cell phone when she was attempting to call police for help.” He has two prior convictions for domestic assault, and has been arrested in the past for failure to appear and parole violations, according to the affidavit.

He’s charged with 3rd-degree domestic assault, a class-e felony. He faces up to a maximum of four years in prison if convicted. Smith is being held in Buchanan County Jail.