Athens Man Charged with Threatening to Kill 7th Circuit Judge

By Jeremy Coumbes on November 6, 2019 at 10:11am

A central Illinois man faces felony charges for allegedly threatening to kill a judge from Illinois’ 7th Judicial Circuit.

The Associated Press is reporting that twenty-four-year-old Cody Ray Martin of Athens has been charged with one count of threatening a public official and one count of telephone harassment.

A complaint filed in Sangamon County Court says Martin threatened during a phone call to kill Judge Jennifer Ascher by “running her over.”

Ascher is one of 10 associate judges in the 7th Judicial Circuit, which includes Sangamon, Morgan, Macoupin, Scott, Greene and Jersey counties.

The complaint says Martin made the threats because Ascher suspended the parenting time of Antoinette Louise Stubbs in a 2011 circuit court case.

Martin and Stubbs are both wanted on warrants out of Humboldt County, California, for alleged robbery and other crimes.