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Troubled former district judge pleads not guilty, seeks lower bond at hearing

Posted at 9:33 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 00:01:51-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Former district judge Guy Williams tried to get his bond lowered after pleading not guilty to the newest charges against him for supposedly, illegally trying to bypass the security line at the Nueces County Courthouse.

KRIS 6 News was the only station at Tuesday's magistrate court hearing in which Williams urged the judge to reduce his $8,000 bond for criminal trespass and terroristic threat charges.

“I’m an officer of the court," Williams said. "I have no criminal history. I have no convictions. You know me. I’m not a flight risk. I don’t know why I would have a $7,500 (sic) bond.”

Williams's assertion that he has no criminal history gave the magistrate court judge pause.

“You are currently pending some other charges,” said the judge.

“No I’m not,” Williams replied.

“You don’t have a DWI?” she asked.

“That’s gone,” he said.

The judge said the case is still in the court's computer system, but she would investigate to see if it's still an active case.

Over the last few years Williams has faced several other charges including public intoxication, road rage, and resisting arrest. He's also been accused of inappropriately touching former colleagues.

Nueces Co. hasn't said if that's the reason it's denying Williams a badge to bypass courthouse security like other attorneys have, or if there's another reason.

Williams has said he has PTSD from serving in the Vietnam War. In letters he sent to Nueces Co. Judge Barbara Canales and Sheriff John Hooper dated May 6, he claimed going through the security screening increases his PTSD symptoms.

In those letters, Williams also promised to bypass courthouse security at 1 p.m. on May 18. The charges he now faces claim he did just that.