Judge involved in triangle gets death threats

Judge involved in triangle gets death threats
(SOURCE: Facebook)
(SOURCE: Facebook)
Kevin Vinyard (SOURCE: TBI)
Kevin Vinyard (SOURCE: TBI)

SOMERVILLE, TN (WMC) - A Fayette County judge is in the middle of a triangle that involves his girlfriend, her ex-husband, and more than 100 text messages. Some of those texts even threatened the judge's life.

Kevin Vinyard is behind bars, accused of threatening the life of Fayette County Judge James Gallagher.

Vinyard is being investigated by the TBI and the Fayette County Sheriff's office.

"He's a good person. He's a very good person. He's a very good father," Vinyard's father Charles Vinyard said.

No one answered the door at the judge's Fayette County home, but Gallagher's attorney explained why the judge is not talking.

"The judge is involved because he is a victim to the extent he received those messages," attorney Ted Hansom said.

TBI agents said the threats were made in response to a previous incarceration Vinyard attributed to the judge.

Hansom also confirmed Judge Gallagher is dating Kevin Vinyard's ex-wife. The judge has photos of him and Vinyard's ex-wife, Traci, on his Facebook page. He even has photos of Traci and Kevin's 7-year-old daughter on his Facebook page with him.

However, Hansom said the judge has done nothing wrong.

"Any contact between the two of them occurred long after the divorce was granted," Hansom said.

The Vinyards divorced in April 2015.

Hansom acknowledges the text messages Kevin Vinyard sent to the judge may have been prompted by the judge's relationship with Vinyard's ex-wife.

"Obviously the reason is the judge is dating his ex-wife. That's what appears to be the obvious reason," Hansom said.

Hansom said Traci Vinyard had an order of protection against Kevin Vinyard.

Kevin Vinyard is currently being held on a $1 million bond in Fayette County.

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