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12:23 pm
Sat January 5, 2013

El Paso Man Says Former NM Candidate Also Slashed Tires In Texas

A Texas man says a former New Mexico congressional candidate accused of stalking and slashing the tires on an opponent's vehicles also slashed his tires when he was his neighbor in El Paso.

Kenneth Propps told The Associated Press on Friday that Gary Smith slashed the tires of a number of family vehicles following a dispute over damage from a 2007 wind storm. Propps said Smith unsuccessfully sued him twice after a piece of his air conditioning unit tore off and damaged Smith's skylight.

The account, first reported by the Santa Fe Reporter, also said Propps caught Smith slashing a tire but Smith stabbed him. Smith was never charged in those cases.

Smith appeared in court Friday for violating conditions of release in the tire slashing case in Albuquerque. The judge ordered that he be held on $100,000 cash-only bond.

Smith does not yet have an attorney.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.