AUBURN, Ind. – A former Fort Jennings man received jail time this week on charges of bigamy.
Kirk Smith, of 23090 Road Q, Lot E, Fort Jennings, was sentenced to one year in jail on charges of bigamy Monday in DeKalb County Superior Court in Auburn, Ind., by Judge Kevin P. Wallace. The judge suspended all but 50 days, to be served in the Dekalb County Jail. According to a court spokeswoman, Smith already has served 25 days of the sentence. He was placed on probation for 315 days.
According to court documents from the Superior Court, Det. Brady N. Thomas of the Dekalb County Sheriff’s Department, started an investigation into the case Nov. 20, 2018. He spoke to Krysta Smith, who said she and Kirk Smith received a marriage license from Noble County, Indiana, and were married in Allen County Indiana, on June 4, 2012. Krysta reported Kirk Smith moved out of their residence a year later. She told the officer they discussed getting a divorce, but neither one of them had the money to pay for it.
On Nov. 19, 2018, Krysta Smith stated she spoke to a Leslie Smith, asking her how long she was married to Kirk Smith. Krysta told her they were still legally married. Leslie Smith told Krysta she and Kirk Smith got married on Nov. 15, 2018.
A public records check showed that Leslie Barton married Kirk Smith on Nov. 15, 2018. There were no records found of a divorce that was filed between Kirk Smith and Krysta Smith.
Thomas interviewed Kirk Smith, who admitted he and Krysta Smith separated but never divorced because of cost. He admitted he and Leslie Barton got married and moved to Fort Jennings. Smith admitted to the officer that he knew he was still married to Krysta when he married Leslie.
Last year, Kirk Smith was charged with domestic violence while living in Fort Jennings. The charge was dropped July 9, 2019, due to the Indiana indictment.