Trial Begins for Former Ada Fireman Jason Smeltz - - No One Gets You Closer

Trial Begins for Former Ada Fireman Jason Smeltz


ADA, OK--Prosecutors began their case against a former Ada firefighter accused of threatening to harm police officers.

The trial for Jason Smeltz began about 8:30 Tuesday morning at the Pontotoc County Courthouse.

Smeltz is charged with using a computer to put another person in fear of physical harm or death. And that person is Ada police officer Brad Rhoads.

The case began last April on the 1300 block of North Broadway Avenue when Rhoads pulled over a car in which Smeltz' wife, Laura, was the passenger. He then proceeded to arrest her for public intoxication.

Prosecutors say the arrest angered Smeltz since his wife blew a .04 on her blood alcohol content--under the 0.08 someone needs to be considered legally drunk. They say Smeltz then posted a series of threats toward Officer Rhoads and the police department.

Court affidavits say one post says: "I want Brad Rhoads head. I'm just getting started. I want your job Rhoads."

And another: "It's no wonder people are bombing and shooting everyone. People are getting TIRED of this bull****. You can only push so far before somebody busts your head."

Smeltz' sister Ann Kannegeisser says she is proud of her brother's fight.

"You know, he owns a business in town, he's a fireman, he's a well-respected member of this community," she said. "And right now, I think he's doing everybody a favor and standing up for everyone's rights. So I think this will go on for a long time."

Kannegeisser says the whole family firmly believes Smeltz will be found innocent by the end of the week.

Today the jury heard testimonies from Officer Rhoads and Captain Jason Potter. Judge Tom Landrith says if found guilty, Smeltz could spend up to 10 years behind bars. The trial will resume at 8:30 Wednesday morning.