AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Williamson County criminal judge will not be in court Wednesday after he pleaded not guilty to federal weapons charges Tuesday and waived his arraignment.
Prosecutors say Judge Tim Wright sold seven guns to a known felon. They also say he lied while buying the guns, saying they were for himself. Wright went before a federal judge for the first time last Wednesday.
The judge made him surrender his passport, Concealed Handgun License and all the guns in his home. His travel has also been restricted to Travis, Hays and Williamson counties, unless the court authorizes outside travel.
The State Commission on Judicial Conduct suspended Wright following the felony charges. Elected in 2003, Wright has presided over a court that handles misdemeanor drug and alcohol cases. Wright’s attorney say his client is innocent.