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Charges were filed Tuesday against a Fulton man accused of threatening to kill his ex-wife at a Fulton residence in March.

Leland R. Smith, 40, faces a slew of felony charges stemming from the incident: First degree domestic assault, three counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, attempted arson and assault.

According to Callaway Sheriff’s Deputy Robbie Railton, deputies responded to a disturbance call at a residence in the 1500 block of County Road 340 in Fulton on the night of March 28. Upon arrival, the caller said his father, Leland Smith, was dumping diesel fuel around the residence and was threatening to burn it down.

The report said Smith’s ex-wife, Evelena Smith, attempted to stop Leland after he threatened to “burn the (expletive) down,” at which point he poured diesel fuel on her and on the floor.

According to Railton’s report, Evelena Smith, her two juvenile children and her brother, Joseph Gray, and his juvenile son all were inside the residence as Leland Smith was pouring the diesel fuel inside and outside of the residence, threatening to set it afire.

The probable cause statement said Leland Smith admitted under a waiver of his Miranda Rights that his ex-wife, children, ex-wife’s brother and nephew were inside the residence during the altercation between himself and his ex-wife, and that he shoved her while holding a container of diesel fuel.

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