Pelfrey faces new charge for threatening court official
Published 5:06 pm Monday, November 20, 2017
A Winchester man facing manslaughter and assault charges from a deadly crash allegedly threatened to kill a court official Thursday afternoon.
James Pelfrey, 85, of 430 Colby Ridge Blvd., was charged Friday with retaliating against a participant in the legal process.
Pelfrey was in Clark Circuit Court Thursday for a competency hearing in his manslaughter case. Competency hearings are generally closed to the public.
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According to the arrest citation, Pelfrey said “he was going to shoot them on the courthouse steps.”
Officers searched Pelfrey’s residence Friday and found ammunition for a handgun, according to the citation.
“The threat was to do harm to the victim,” Winchester Police Capt. James Hall said. The victim was not identified.
Monday afternoon, a district judge entered an automatic not-guilty plea for Pelfrey, because the charge is a felony. A preliminary hearing to establish probable cause was scheduled for Nov. 29.
Pelfrey is being held on a $2,500 bond. Clark Circuit Clerk Paula Joslin said Pelfrey was free on bond for his manslaughter case.
Pelfrey was initially arrested following a June 7, 2016, crash on Bypass Road that killed two Richmond women and injured a third. Police said two vehicles had slowed or stopped for a traffic light when Pelfrey allegedly did not stop and hit a Ford Aspire at highway speeds.
Two of the women in the car, Sarah Helfrich and Juanetta Mitchell were killed. The survivor, Sadalia Mitchell, was flown to a Lexington hospital for treatment. A driver of a third vehicle was also injured.
Pelfrey’s manslaughter case was continued until Jan. 4, 2018.