Michigan Senate

LANSING — His website essentially has been taken down. His phone number goes straight to voice mail. And embattled state Sen. Virgil Smith isn't expected back to Lansing this week. The Detroit Democrat is facing three felonies and a misdemeanor in connection with a non-fatal shooting involving his ex-wife — specifically, her Mercedes —outside of his Detroit home more than a week ago. (Detroit Free Press)

Jake Neher, Michigan Public Radio Network

State Senator Virgil Smith (D-Detroit) has been charged with multiple gun and assault felonies. He’s accused of hitting his ex-wife and shooting 10 bullets into her car. 

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