Criminal Court Judge Don Poole on Tuesday put a man in jail after attorney Mike Little testified that he threatened him in an elevator at the Courts Building.
Attorney Little said Charles Lockhart Nash Jr. confronted him after a hearing in the case in which he represents his son on a murder charge.
He said at the end of the run-in, Nash told him, "Check my record and you'll see what I'm capable of."
The attorney said he then told him three times, "I'll find out where you live."
Attorney Little said, "I never had anybody imply they were going to kill me."
Nash denied he had made the threats, but Judge Poole said he was convinced that he did.
The judge said, "Things like this can' happen. They may happen in other countries, but they shouldn't happen here. And they are not going to happen here."
He set a $50,000 bond for Nash, who was taken into custody.
He was already on bond on a charge that he hid the murder weapon in his son's case.
Charles Adrian Nash, 19, is charged with gunning down Ok-Hui Park Brown at her grocery in St. Elmo a year ago. Police said he confessed to the killing.
Attorney Little said after Monday afternoon's hearing, the elder Nash told him he had been trying to get some information to him, including the fact that his son had not had two years of college.
He said Nash then told him he was an ineffective lawyer and was not doing a good job for his son. He said his son should file a complaint against him with the state Board of Professional Responsibility.
Attorney Little said Nash asked when he could come to his office and talk about the case, and he said he told him, "Never."
The attorney also acknowleged that he told Nash - while they were in the elevator with a third person - "F--- you."
He said that is when Nash told him to check his record and later said he would find where he lives.
Attorney Little said the elder Nash has faced charges ranging from murder to aggravated robbery, burglary and theft.
He said he made four different appointments to talk with Nash at his office, but he did not show up.
Nash said the attorney canceled two of the meetings. He said, in reply, he cancelled the other two.
He said they had a run-in on the elevator, but said he did not make threats.
Nash said he was found not guilty of the murder charge and also had other cases dismissed.
Judge Poole said attorney Little had been handling a difficult case well.