A Texas judge accused of trying to ram a car off the road and pointing a gun at its occupants has been suspended without pay.
The State Commission on Judicial Conduct suspended Corpus Christi state district court judge Guy Williams following his indictment Friday on felony aggravated assault charges stemming from the alleged road rage incident. He posted $25,000 bond and was released from prison.
Bexar County Judge Sid Harle will preside over Williams’ case. The trial is set for March 19.
That commission has the authority to suspend a judge charged with either a felony or misdemeanor that involves official conduct on the bench. Williams cannot regain his post until the criminal charges against him are resolved and had to relinquish his courthouse keys.
“Until further notice he is further suspended from any activities on the bench,” said the commission’s executive director, Eric Vinson.
Williams can appeal, but hasn’t yet expressed his desire to do so, Vinson added.
Williams, who presides over the 148th District Court in Nueces County, is accused of using his Mercedes to attempt to run a female driver off the road on April 28 and brandishing a gun. The Texas Rangers are investigating, after being referred the case by the Corpus Christi Police Department, which passed it along to avoid a conflict of interest.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported that the 67-year-old Williams was involved in two traffic-related incidents in 2013 and 2015, in neither of which he faced charges. In both incidents, either drivers or witnesses said Williams was at fault, although the judge claimed otherwise. He is suing the driver in the 2015 accident.
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