Case against Smith bound over to circuit court

Darren Smith

BIG RAPIDS — Following a preliminary exam in Mecosta County’s 77th District Court Tuesday, the criminal sexual conduct (CSC) case against former Ferris State University hockey player Darren Smith was bound over to circuit court.

Prior to Tuesday’s hearing, attorneys with the Mecosta County Prosecutor’s Office dismissed one count of first-degree CSC. Two more counts of first-degree CSC, and one count of second-degree CSC, were added later. The most serious charges could result in a sentence of life in prison, if Smith is convicted.

The case against Smith had been in circuit court earlier in the year, but was remanded to district court while prosecutors and defense attorneys negotiated a plea agreement, officials with the prosecutor’s office said. When a plea agreement could not be reached, Smith’s preliminary exam proceeded.

A circuit court hearing has not yet been scheduled.

The charges against Smith, 23, stem from a situation in the early morning hours of July 8, 2018, in which he allegedly assaulted an incapacitated female. Her identity, as well as the circumstances of her incapacity, has not been made public.

As previously reported, Smith is no longer on the FSU hockey team, and is not enrolled at the university. He is free on bond but is restricted by a GPS tether.

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Posted by Tim Rath

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