The Edmond Sun

January 24, 2013

Affidavit: Edmond man threatens judge, attorneys

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A 42-year-old Edmond man who allegedly said he is capable of “Newtown-like” behavior is being held in the Oklahoma County Jail without bond, court records show.

In an affidavit of probable cause filed Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office investigator Capt. Bob Green stated he believes probable cause exists for three counts of threatening an act of violence to do physical harm.

On Jan. 18, Green interviewed county District Judge Lynne McGuire about threats made against her and two others, attorneys Tom Daniel and Ken Klingenberg, the affidavit stated. Green stated the judge said she was told about the threats by attorney Chris Reser, who is representing the suspect in an undisclosed previous matter.

In turn, Reser described a phone call he had with the suspect on the morning of Jan. 17, Green stated.

During that conversation, the suspect was distraught and was aware his court case in the other matter was a lost cause, Green stated. Reser reported the suspect allegedly said the judge and attorneys do not realize what he is capable of and need to be careful, the affidavit stated.

Reser said the suspect said “he is capable of doing all kinds of things and is capable of doing things along the line of what just happened in Newtown, Connecticut,” Green stated in the affidavit.

Reser said the suspect was making references to the recent shooting in Newtown, and knew he had an obligation to bring those threats to the attention of those who were threatened, Green stated.

Reser said he notified the Oklahoma Bar Association about the threats against the three individuals, Green stated. He received permission from the association to alert the individuals who had been threatened and appropriate authorities, the affidavit stated.

On Friday, Green contacted Oklahoma County First Assistant District Attorney Scott Rowland. Rowland concurred with Green that the suspect, Christopher Arthur Durham, 42, of Edmond, was in violation of related state law, the affidavit stated.

No future court dates have been scheduled. Formal charges have not yet been filed by the DA’s office.

Rowland said he has not received information related to the recommended charges yet but expects to soon. A decision on whether or not to file formal charges will be made after evaluating the information, Rowland said.

Rowland said citizens should always take a threat of this nature seriously.

“They did exactly what they should have done,” he said of the individuals who reported the threats. | 341-2121, ext. 108