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Woman alleges suspect burned her lip with cigarette

by Sheila Gardner
sgardner@recordcourier.com

A preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 14 for a 27-year-old Gardnerville man accused of threatening to kill a woman and burning her lip with a lighted cigarette.

Eric A. Smith is charged with battery that constitutes domestic violence committed by strangulation and coercion, both felonies, stemming from a New Year’s Day incident at the alleged victim’s Gardnerville apartment.

He is accused of choking the 41-year-old woman, head-butting her, beating her head against the wall, and burning the inside of her lip with a cigarette.

The woman claimed that Smith took her eyeglasses, cell phone and car keys and threatened to kill her if she called 911.

Smith was being held on $5,000 bail which East Fork Judge Tom Perkins reduced to $2,500. He appointed Tod Young to represent the suspect after Kris Brown withdrew because of a client conflict.

Brown said Smith disputed the alleged facts of the case.

Prosecutor Karen Dustman asked that Smith’s bail remain at $5,000 because of the nature of the allegations and his prior criminal history.

Perkins ordered Smith to return to court Jan. 12 in advance of a Jan. 14 preliminary hearing.

If Smith is able to bail out of jail, he is ordered to stay away from the alleged victim who obtained a temporary protection order.