A 37-year-old Ardmore man, accused of robbing and kidnapping a stranger at a party after commandeering the victim’s own gun, says he wants a preliminary hearing on the charges against him which also include knowingly concealing stolen property.
Shawn Lyn Smith appeared for a case conference Oct. 27 in Carter County District Court. Smith appeared before Special District Judge Carson Brooks with his attorney Melanie Blackburn. Following the announcement Smith would exercise his rights to a preliminary hearing, the judge set the court proceeding for Dec. 13.
Smith is accused of using a barbecue at a southeast side residence to corner the victim inside his parked vehicle. The victim, who was attending the same social event but was not acquainted with Smith, was reportedly using his cell phone. Smith, who had followed the victim to the car,  got in the front passenger seat and opened the glove box where he discovered victim’s pistol. He grabbed the gun, pointing it at the victim before hitting him in the face with the weapon and demanding the cell phone and the man’s wallet. Smith then forced the victim to drive him to a northwest side motel where he fled with the stolen property.
Smith was apprehended by Ardmore police, who recovered the stolen property. He was booked into the Carter County Detention Center. District Attorney Craig Ladd filed the case against Smith which includes first-degree robbery, kidnapping and knowingly concealing stolen property.   
Smith currently remains jailed pending the posting of a $75,000 bond set on the charges.
If convicted on all the charges he could face up to 35 years in prison and a fine of up to $500.