In early February, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of an alleged plot to kill District Judge Angus McGinty.
“We took immediate action to make sure he was safe,” said Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau.
That included round-the-clock armed protection for McGinty at the courthouse and at his home.
McGinty said he ordered a man awaiting trial for murder held without bond after the inmate tried to escape.
“He evidently paid someone a certain amount of money on the promise that a second individual would come and get me,” McGinty said.
McGinty said the first suspect paid the second man’s $2,000 bail as part of the deal.
Both men are currently jailed on other charges unrelated to the alleged threat, according to the sheriff.
She said the case is under investigation and that no charges have been filed in connection with the death threat.
McGinty said he is relieved that the investigation is underway as he reflected on the allegations.
“It’s part of the job, but it sure makes it personal,” he said. “And it’s not the good part of the job.”