Fort Jennings man arrested for bigamy

By J Swygart -



AUBURN, Ind. — A 29-year-old Fort Jennings man has been charged in a northern Indiana county with bigamy, following the dismissal of domestic violence charges pending against him in Putnam County Common Pleas Court.

Kirk T. Smith, 23090 Road Q, Lot E, Fort Jennings, faces a Level 6 felony charge of bigamy in DeKalb County Superior Court in Auburn, Indiana, some 20 miles north of Fort Wayne.

The charges against Smith were filed in late May. He entered a plea of not guilty to the charge during an arraignment hearing on July 1. Smith was released on $2,000 bond, according to court records.

A Level 6 felony is the lowest degree of felony with which a defendant may be charged in the state of Indiana.

DeKalb County Prosecuting Attorney ClaraMary Winebrenner was not available Thursday morning to comment on the case. Another person in the prosecuting attorney’s office declined to provide additional information about the charges.

Smith will return to court for a pre-trial hearing at 1 p.m. on Aug. 12.

The Fort Jennings man was arraigned in Putnam County Common Pleas Court on May 22 on a first-degree misdemeanor charge of domestic violence.

That charge was dismissed Tuesday “with prejudice … due to the prosecutor’s decision not to proceed to trial but not due to the lack of probable cause to arrest of charge due to defendant being indicted by a grand jury” in Indiana on the polygamy charge, according to information on the Putnam County court website.


By J Swygart

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