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Judge Wright excuses self from hearing after defendant charged with threatening her

June 04, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
  • Dana Moylan Wright
Dana Moylan Wright

Washington County District Judge Dana Moylan Wright excused herself from a bond review hearing Monday because the defendant was charged with making a threat against her over the weekend.

Charles Edward Miller, 51, of 10639 Crystal Falls Drive in Hagerstown, is accused of making the threat Saturday in a telephone call with a Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy, according to the application for statement of charges.

Two hours later, as deputies went to Miller’s house to serve him a warrant for threatening a state official with injury, he allegedly was sitting on his porch with a handgun next to him, charging documents said. Miller subsequently was charged with illegal possession of a firearm because of a disqualifying criminal conviction, the documents said.

Judge Mark D. Thomas stepped in for Wright during Miller’s bond review.

Assistant State’s Attorney Leon Debes asked Thomas to increase Miller’s $8,000 bond to $50,000 or more. Thomas raised it to $20,000.

Shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday, Miller called in a report of vandalism at his residence, the application for statement of charges said. A deputy “familiar with Charles Miller due to past incidents” contacted Miller by telephone, the document said.

Miller told the deputy he found one of two 5-pound weights on his back porch was now on the ground, the charging document said. The deputy told Miller it did not appear a crime was committed, but Miller wanted deputies to investigate, the document said.

Miller became irate and told the deputy to “notify Col. (Randy) Wilkinson and (State’s Attorney) Charles Strong that he was going to shoot Judge Wright,” the charging document said.

Wilkinson is the chief deputy to Sheriff Douglas Mullendore, according to the sheriff’s office website.

A sergeant also attempted to speak with Miller, but Miller hung up on him, the document said.

The charging document indicated Miller was referring to Wright, but did not state a reason why Miller would threaten her.

When deputies went to Miller’s home, they found him on the front porch with a gun on a stand next to him, the charging document said. Miller warned them to be careful because the .22-caliber pistol was loaded, the document said.

Miller is scheduled for trial on the charges on Sept. 25, court records said.

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