San Marcos, TX – A Guadalupe County judge who created the county’s Family Violence Impact Court was arrested for injuring his 16 month old after a series of domestic disputes with his wife.
The incident began on July 7 when 45-year-old Guadalupe County Court-at-Law Judge Bill Squires III and his wife were returning from a vacation in Mexico, KSAT reported.
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employee at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport called police to report a disturbance that occurred before the family left Mexico.
The police report said Squires wife told officers that her husband had spent the week drinking and smoking marijuana and verbally abusing her, KSAT reported.
She told police that the judge threatened more than once to take their son back to the United States and leave his wife in Mexico.
The police report said Squires’ wife said her husband hid her plane ticket and keys the morning they were supposed to leave but eventually gave them back to her, KSAT reported.
Squires denied his wife’s allegations but agreed that they had decided to take separate rides home from the airport when they got back.
His wife told police at the airport that the judge hadn’t been physical with her but she wanted the entire episode documented in a police report, KSAT reported.
Then she called police to the couple’s home in the 2200-block of Stonehaven for a disturbance at about 7:30 p.m. the next evening, the Seguin Gazette reported.
The arrest affidavit for the judge said that Squires’ wife was “clearly distressed and fearful” when officers arrived at the home, KSAT reported.
She told police that Squires showed up at the home and banged on the door to be let in, but when she unlocked the door for him while holding their 16-month-old baby, he’d slammed the door open and caused it to hit the baby in the head.
Police said the baby had no visible injuries, KSAT reported.
Squires had left the home before police arrived but officers spotted his vehicle soon after and stopped him.
The arrest affidavit said the judge denied having forced the door open and said it “flew open” when his wife unlocked it, KSAT reported.
According to charging documents, officers said Squires “breath smelled heavily of alcohol,” he was unsteady on his feet, and he had several small bottles of liquor in his possession.
San Marcos police arrested Squires and booked him into the Hays County Jail, KSAT reported.
Jail records showed the judge had been charged with injury to a child/elderly/disabled person — criminal negligence and abandon or endanger a child intentional/knowing/reckless/criminal negligence, the Seguin Gazette reported.
Court records showed he was released on bonds that totaled $6,000.
The judge took to Facebook on July 13 to address his arrest and “humbly” asked for “patience and privacy as my family goes through the difficult process of working through the dissolution of our marriage.”
Squires, who was elected to the bench in November of 2018, recently announced he was running for re-election, the Seguin Gazette reported.
He touted his accomplishments in his campaign announcement and pointed to programs he instituted to help “ensure that justice is sure and swift.”
The judge took credit for the creation of the Family Violence Impact Court and the Guadalupe Drug Court Program, the Seguin Gazette reported.
Squires also claimed his court was the first in the county to get jury trials back on schedule in the wake of the pandemic.
Guadalupe County Judge Kyle Kutscher explained that court-at-law judges and other elected officials were governed by rules and regulations separate from Commissioners Court enforcement, according to the Seguin Gazette.
“He’s governed by the ethics commission, secretary of state, election code,” Kutscher said. “That’s where the real authority lies to take any type of action.”
But he also said he didn’t know if any action was warranted against Squires yet because too little was known about what happened, the Seguin Gazette reported.
“We don’t have all the details,” Kutscher said. “We’re kind of in this situation of trying to gather more information as well.”
Attorney David Willborn called Squires “innocent until proven guilty” and said there were no grounds to remove him from the bench, the Seguin Gazette reported.
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