Judge in Holly Bobo murder trial brings loaded gun to Memphis airport

Judge in Holly Bobo murder trial brings loaded gun to Memphis airport

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The judge in the Holly Bobo murder trial was cited for bringing a gun to Memphis International Airport, according to court documents.

Hardin County Circuit Court Judge Charles Creed McGinley, 66, was issued two misdemeanor citations on Sunday, Aug. 27.

According to the report, TSA agents found a semi-automatic pistol in McGinley's bag as it went through an X-ray machine. The 9mm Smith and Wesson was found in the bottom of McGinley's bag; it was loaded with six bullets in the magazine and one in the chamber.

McGinley told officers he had forgotten the firearm was inside the bag before he went through TSA screening.

The firearm was seized and McGinley was cited for prohibited weapon/posting notice and airport and aircraft security. He was allowed to continue his flight to Houston.

This incident comes to light less than 48 hours before jury selection begins in the trial of Zach Adam, who is accused of killing Bobo. Jury selection is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9; the trial is set to begin Monday, Sept. 11.

It is unclear at this point whether these citations will affect the trial in any way.

Attorney David Raybin, who is not connected to the Bobo case, said typically these issues are resolved with a fine. He said there is no reason for Judge McGinley to recuse himself from the Bobo case, though he has that right.

"He certainly has the right to recuse himself if he wishes, but there is no statutory procedure or requirement that he be removed from the case because of his citation and a misdemeanor offense. If this were a felony, certainly the answer would be much different," Raybin said.

McGinley is scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 13.

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