A Conway man has been charged with terroristic threatening after allegedly threatening to kill a Faulkner County judge.
According to a probable cause affidavit, 58-year-old Terry Bennett's ex-girlfriend reported to Greenbrier police on Wednesday that Bennett threatened to kill her, her son and District Judge Susan Weaver.
"Terry Bennett, in a conversation with his ex-girlfriend ... told her that he was going to kill her," the affidavit reads. "He stated that he was also going to kill as many [people] as he could in court, including Judge Weaver and probation officer [D]arrick Simmons."
The victim told authorities Bennett also threatened to kill her son.
"Mr. Bennett also told [the victim] that he was going to kill her son ... while he was attending a funeral in Morrilton," according to the Greenbrier officer's report.
Charges against Bennett were upgraded to felony first-degree terroristic threatening on Friday.
Bennett, who appeared in Faulkner County District Court for a first appearance hearing Friday, was issued a $20,000 bond on the aforementioned charge.
Officials involved in the threat said they were immediately notified by authorities.
Weaver said the Conway Police Department immediately notified her about the threats after they were reported and alerted her Clinton office as well.
"They wanted me to be on notice and make sure I had protective measures wherever I was located," she said.
Weaver had sentenced Bennet in a DWI case where he received a negotiated plea. She said she didn't want to comment on why he targeted her, especially because the case is still open.
"The investigation is ongoing," she said, adding praise for law enforcement. "I want to thank the CPD and FCSO [Faulkner County Sheriff's Office] for their quick attention to the matter and for taking it seriously. They made sure it was handled professionally."
Weaver said this wasn't time she has been threatened as a judge.
"Another gentleman made threats a few years back," she said.
She did not provide the man's name but said she believed he had already been sentenced.