Gary Smith faces legal trouble in Texas

Posted at: 01/06/2013 8:47 PM
Updated at: 01/06/2013 10:15 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4 and Staff

Accused tire slasher Gary Smith was back in court again Sunday.

This is now the fourth time he's faced a judge in the past week.

He was arraigned on aggravated stalking charges in relation to the case surrounding his former campaign manager.

We spoke with Rhead Story who claims Smith has slashed more than 50 of his tires.

Smith's bond is set at $75,000 cash only on this particular case.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 also learned that Smith faces legal trouble in El Paso.

Smith's former neighbor in Texas filed several police reports accusing Smith of terrorizing his family for years.

Before Smith lived in Albuquerque he lived in northeast El Paso, and his former neighbor Kenneth Propps says those years were pure hell for him. He said it all started when a wind storm in 2008 blew an air conditioner panel off Kenneth's roof and broke a skylight on Smith's home.

"So he took us to small claims court and the judge threw it out because it was act of nature," Propps said.

For the next four years, Propps claims Smith tried to take revenge in every way possible, and even tried to light his house on fire by lighting the corners with lighter fluid.

"We all came running out called the fire department, they came punched a hole in the wall and put it out with water," Propps said. "There was $10,000 worth of damage on that incident."

Over a period of four years, Propps said he is sure that smith slashed over 60 of his tires - the latest of which he caught on home surveillance. And one night Propps said he almost caught Smith with his hands.

"I started running over to here and he had just barely got over and that is when I had grabbed him, he swung and got this off and the spike went into right here," he said.

Propps said he saw Smith sling dog feces into his yard and claims he had to pay to clean red paint off his walls that he believes Smith splattered. He also said he to pay a hefty vet bill after Smith allegedly poisoned his Chihuahua.

Once Smith moved to Albuquerque in 2012, Propps said all of the vandalism at his home stopped.

Once Smith's cases are have had their day in court, Smith will likely be brought back to El Paso where he will have to answer to the outstanding warrants and allegations he faces there.