Timothy Wayne Abney was arraigned Friday on a charge of retaliation for allegedly threatening Middletown Municipal Court Judge Melynda Cook Howard. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

$75,000 bond set for man accused of threatening Middletown judge

Timothy Wayne Abney, 41, of the 2300 block of Waneta Street, was in court Friday morning for a pre-trial hearing on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, according to municipal court records.

When Abney was being escorted back to the jail, which is located in the basement of the city building, he threatened the judge by stating she was a “(expletive, expletive) and I better not find out where that (expletive) lives,” according to the complaint filed by Middletown Police Detective Jon Hoover.

Abney was then charged with retaliation, a third-degree felony.

Visiting Judge Thomas Hanna arraigned Abney on Friday afternoon on the new charge, set bond, and set a preliminary hearing for Dec. 18.

Abney was also told to stay away from Cook Howard

“I said some things I shouldn’t have … it is a big misunderstanding,” Abney told Hanna at the arraignment.