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Judge Guy Williams' suspension lifted, felony charge dismissed

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Judge Guy Williams will not face retrial for a felony count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. (File) Judge Guy Williams will not face retrial for a felony count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. (File)
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Judge Guy Williams' suspension from the 148th District Court has been lifted.

Williams was suspended after being indicted last November on two felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, stemming from an alleged road rage incident last year. 

Just yesterday, a judge dismissed a felony pending road rage charge against Williams. 

Today Eric Vinson, the Executive Director of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, tells KRIS 6 News that the commission voted late Wednesday afternoon to lift that suspension. 

That means Judge Williams can return to the 148th District Court bench any day now. 

Judge Williams was accused of pointing his gun at two people after cutting off their vehicle in April of 2017.  He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon: one for the driver, and one for the passenger. 

During trial, jurors found he acted in self-defense regarding the driver and acquitted Williams, but when it came to the passenger, the jury was hung. 

That set the legal precedent for Williams' case to be dismissed. 

"It was one action. If the jury thought it was self defense on the first count, it has to be self defense on the second," Williams' Defense Attorney Lisa Greenberg said. 

His defense team filed a motion arguing that legally, Williams could not be tried again. 

"If you're tried for a case and you're found not guilty, you can't be retried. Double jeopardy. And count two is the exact same charge as count one, it's a double jeopardy," Defense Attorney Terry Shamsie said. 

Prosecutors from the Attorney General's Office agreed, and asked the charge to be dropped in a Motion To Dismiss. A judge approved it, ending Williams' felony case. 

Williams' legal troubles are not completely over. He still has pending misdemeanor charges for public intoxication and resisting arrest. Those stem from a separate incident on Padre Island in May. 

The Attorney General's Office is also handling that case, and because of that, told KRIS 6 News they have no comment on Williams' felony case being dropped. 

While Judge Williams has been under suspension, various visiting judges have sat on the bench of the 148th District Court. 

Vinson says the Commission on Judicial Conduct will issue an order revoking his suspension Wednesday or Thursday. 

He says a judge may be suspended immediately for felony charges, but the Commission only has the authority to suspend a judge for misdemeanor charges if they are related to professional conduct.

Vinson says the Commission does not have the authority to suspend Williams based on his misdemeanor charges. 

If Judge Williams does decide to return to his bench, he would only serve out the remainder of his term, which ends in January. Judge Williams did not file for re-election, and is not on the November ballot. 

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