EDITOR’S NOTE: A misdemeanor charge of making obscene, threatening or harassing telephonic or other electronic communications against Christopher Arthur Durham was dismissed on June 14, 2013, according to The Oklahoma State Courts Network.
A judge agreed Friday to remove a no-bail hold against a man accused of threatening another judge and two attorneys during a contentious domestic case.
But Christopher Arthur Durham, of Edmond, will stay in the Oklahoma County jail until he can raise a $10,000 cash bond required to gain his freedom in a related case.
Oklahoma County District Judge Donald L. Deason agreed to release Durham on his own recognizance with conditions that include a GPS monitor and instructions to stay away from those he's accused of threatening.
Durham, 42, is accused of threatening Oklahoma County Special Judge Lynne McGuire and attorneys Tom Daniel and Ken Klingenberg.
Durham was charged Monday with a misdemeanor in the case.
Deason said holding him without bail amounts to an “ongoing constitutional violation of the law.”
Prosecutors did not object to Durham's release.
“We had originally asked that he be detained without bond until such time as we could arrange for an evaluation and to consult with his lawyer and fashion a set of restrictions to both allow his release pending trial and protect the named victims and the public,” First Assistant District Attorney Scott Rowland said.
McGuire presided over Durham's divorce and Daniel represented Durham's wife.
Klingenberg was appointed by McGuire to assist with the sale of the home Durham shared with his ex-wife and two children.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Durham was distraught after learning his court case was “a lost cause.” He told his attorney that McGuire, Daniel and Klingenberg “do not realize what he is capable of and need to be careful,” a deputy sheriff reported.
Durham's attorney at the time told investigators Durham said he was “capable of doing all kinds of things and is capable of doing things along the line of what just happened in Newton, Conn.,” according to the affidavit.
Outside of court, Durham denied making any references to the school shootings.
“The charges are completely false, and I am confident I will be exonerated,” he said as he was led away in handcuffs and jail clothes.
Assistant Public Defender Tim Wilson, who is representing Durham in the criminal case, said his client took exception to the way Klingenberg was handling the sale of the house.
Durham was accused of interfering with the sale and pleaded guilty Dec. 19 after being cited for contempt, court records show.
He was jailed on a $50,000 cash bond, but another judge lowered that amount to $10,000 on Thursday, court records show.
Unless Durham can raise $10,000 or the judge modifies the bond amount, he will remain in jail, attorneys said.