A local dentist who was arrested and charged with first-degree terroristic threatening waived his arraignment in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Monday.

Larry Fincher, 58, was taken into custody May 9, following allegations that he sent a threatening letter to the Department of Finance and Administration in response to a delinquent tax notice.

He was released from Faulkner County jail later in the day on $2,500 bond.

According to an affidavit filed by Prosecutor Cody Hiland, Fincher sent the letter to DFA employee Drew Smith, saying he would kill or cause serious injury to anyone "who attempted to come and collect or remove him from his business."

He also wrote in the letter that "he would make Smith’s wife a widow" and kill "any government tyrants, agents or such that tried to shut down his business," the affidavit states.

The letter was sent from a fax number that was listed to Fincher, according to the affidavit.

Fincher has retained William O. James, Jr., of James Law Firm in Little Rock as legal counsel. He has pleaded not guilty to the Class D felony.

A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. July 23 in 3rd Division court.

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