By Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A federal grand jury in Austin on Tuesday indicted a Williamson County court-at-law judge in a gun trafficking case involving firearms destined for Mexico.

Prosecutors say 70-year-old Timothy L. Wright III was indicted on firearm violations and making false statements to a government agent.

The nine-count indictment alleges that between June 1, 2014, and Feb. 24, 2015, Wright sold firearms on three occasions to a person he knew or had reasonable cause to believe was a convicted felon. The indictment also alleges that Wright helped in the smuggling and attempted smuggling of firearms from the U.S. and made a false statement during the purchase of a firearm.

The indictment also alleges that Wright made false statements on two occasions to a government agent about creating false paperwork and selling firearms to a convicted felon.

Wright’s attorney, Jeff Senter, says Wright is innocent. He says Wright “believes a fair analysis will result in his innocence.”

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Robert Elder says the firearms trafficking investigation involved “multiple firearms destined for Mexico.”

Wright has been the judge of Williamson County Court at Law No. 2 since January 2003.

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