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Kentucky Man Pleads Not Guilty In Alleged Mass Shooting Attempt At Factory

Posted at 1:19 PM, Nov 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-26 17:35:53-05

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Lebanon man accused of planning a mass shooting at a Springfield factory last week has pleaded not guilty.

Matthew Smith, 37, entered the plea Monday afternoon. The judge also imposed a $750,000 cash bail for his release. A preliminary hearing was set for Dec. 3.

Police disarmed and arrested Smith last week outside LB Manufacturing, a factory on Industry Drive in Springfield.

Police say Smith pointed a gun at an officer who confronted him in the parking lot.

Police were able to disarm Smith, who they said had an AR-15 that had been modified to make it fully automatic. He also had handguns and rifles in his truck, authorities said.

Smith was charged with attempted murder, first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, resisting arrest and third-degree criminal trespassing.

Smith was being held in the Marion County Detention Center.

Matthew Smith in court.


Matthew Smith was caught with these weapons, authorities said. (Photo courtesy of the Springfield Police Department)