Billings woman denies assaulting husband with SUV

2012-11-27T14:35:00Z 2012-11-28T11:50:08Z Billings woman denies assaulting husband with SUVGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A Billings woman accused of running over her estranged husband with a sport-utility vehicle was arraigned Tuesday in Yellowstone County District Court.

Shawna Mae Smith, 34, appeared before Judge Russell Fagg by video from the county jail and pleaded not guilty to felony charges of assault with a weapon and failing to remain at the scene of a serious-injury accident.

Fagg agreed to lower Smith's bond from the $40,000 set at her initial court appearance to $25,000. A  public defender said she has two young children.

Smith is accused of purposefully running over her 42-year-old estranged husband, Steve Furlong, with a Chevrolet Tahoe on Nov. 18. The incident happened at about 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of Second Avenue South and South 39th Street. 

Furlong suffered a broken leg. He told police that he and Smith are divorcing and were arguing about their daughter as he walked on the sidewalk and Smith drove along beside him.

Furlong said that during the argument Smith demanded that he get in the vehicle. When he refused, Smith drove up onto the sidewalk and ran over him, according to court records.

Smith drove off and was arrested at home the next day.

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