The Clinton District Court building was secured Wednesday, Jan. 10, after 20th Judicial District Judge Susan Weaver received notice of a threat made against her by a Greenbrier man.
The man who made the threat, Terry Bennett, was arrested later that day by Faulkner County Sheriff’s office deputies and charged with Terroristic Threatening, first degree, and jailed in Faulkner County on a $20,000 bond. Bennett, per jail records, was able to make bond Monday evening. He is required to wear a GPS monitor.
Weaver said she had gotten a call from Conway police that Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. that they had learned of Bennett making the threat. He had also that day, she was told, removed his GPS monitor.
According to the court affidavit file in the matter, Bennett had told his girlfriend the day before, a Greenbrier woman, that he was going to kill Judge Weaver, her probation officer Garrick Simmons, “as many people as he could in the court” and his girlfriend’s son while she attended a funeral in Morrilton that day. He also told the girlfriend he was going to kill her, per the affidavit.
When Weaver received word of the threat she was in his District Court office in Clinton, just off the courthouse square. Her office was immediately locked down, she said.
Clinton Chief of Police John Willoughby said he had gotten a call from Conway Police about the matter and checked the courthouse area, a short distance from the police department.
Weaver had earlier sentenced Bennett in a DWI case. She was not able to comment on the nature of the case or the sentence assigned.
Weaver thanked law enforcement, especially Faulkner County Sheriff and Conway Police, for keeping her informed and feeling safe throughout the incident.