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Court documents: Norcross man threatened to kidnap and hang Forsyth judge
William Francis Holmes
William Francis Holmes

A Norcross man that allegedly threatened to kidnap and hang Chief Superior Court Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley in early March has been indicted by the Forsyth County court. 

Last week a grand jury charged William Francis Holmes, 36, with intimidation of a court officer for allegedly attempting to impede court proceedings by stating that he was going to “kidnap and hang” Bagley, indictment documents state. 

Holmes was taken into custody on March 4, after he allegedly entered Bagley’s courtroom and demanded to speak with the judge, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater said at the time of the arrest.

Rainwater said that Holmes entered the courtroom during a break and “loudly proclaimed” that he wanted to speak with Bagley because of the imprisonment of “his wife and his property.” 

“Before we could escort him out, he approached a female in the hallway stating that he wanted to meet some like-minded people so he could kidnap Judge Bagley,” Rainwater said.

After this interaction, Rainwater said that Holmes was placed under arrest.

Court documents state that the Forsyth County Superior Court judges have recused themselves for this case and it will instead be presided over by Judge Martha C. Christian, formerly of the Macon Judicial Circuit.  

Holmes is being held in the Forsyth County Jail under no bond, jail records state that he is being held for another jurisdiction. 

Attempts to an attorney for Holmes were unsuccessful as of press time.