Warrant charges Goshen man with threatening judge

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ELKHART — A Goshen man is wanted for allegedly threatening to kill a judge and injuring an officer.

Don Carter Jr., 53, is charged with intimidation of a judge or bailiff, a Level 5 felony, and inflicting injury while resisting law enforcement, a Level 6 felony, following the June 19 incident in Elkhart City Court. A warrant for his arrest was issued Monday in Elkhart County Superior Court 1, with bond set at $10,000.

According to court documents:

Judge Charles Grodnik ordered Carter to be taken into custody during the 11:30 a.m. hearing in city court. The bailiff, an Elkhart Police officer, approached Carter with a pair of handcuffs and placed a hand on his shoulder to escort him away, but he resisted three times.

The officer pushed Carter to the jury box in an attempt to secure him, but he braced himself against the wall of the box. He resisted efforts to pull him away and allegedly told the officer, “I’m stronger than you.”

The bailiff wrapped his arms around Carter, picked him up and carried him away from the jury box. The two fell to the floor and the bailiff tried again to handcuff Carter, while two more officers came in to help.

While escorting him away, officers allegedly heard Carter make a number of threats toward the judge and police. They included statements such as, “I’m gonna have a long time to sit in this place and think about what I’m going to do to y’all when I get out” and “I’m going to find all you ... and kill every single one of you and whoever gets in the way.”

The bailiff suffered a knee injury during the struggle, which he said caused severe pain and prevented him from walking normally or bending his knee.

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