Arkansas man says he’s a king; orders execution of county officials

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CLARKSVILLE, Ark. – A Clarksville, Arkansas man believes he’s a king and has ordered President Trump to execute the Baxter County sheriff, former sheriff, and a district judge.

Michael Thomas Curtis, of Clarksville, has been arrested on felony charges after making threats by email to have Sheriff John Montgomery, former Sheriff Benny Magness, and the Baxter County District Judge executed, a release said.

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Curtis was served in Clarksville on October 24th with Ex Parte Orders of Protection obtained against him in Baxter County by two members or former members of his family.  This action prompted Curtis to send a flurry of emails to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, according to the sheriff. In these emails, Curtis referred to himself repeatedly as “King Michael Thomas Curtis.” Most of the emails were harassing in nature and incoherent in content, a department release said. However, two of them in particular made direct and specific threats to have these three officials or former officials executed.

These emails also referred many times to President Donald Trump, with his highness giving orders and directives to the President to have the executions carried out.

The Orders of Protection were made permanent at a hearing in District Court on Friday, December 7th, at which hearing Curtis did not appear.

Baxter County Sheriff’s Investigators applied for and obtained a warrant for his arrest on December 11th.  A copy of the warrant was sent to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in Clarksville with a request to assist in taking Curtis into custody.  He was arrested in Clarksville the same day, and he was picked up and transported to the Baxter County Detention Center yesterday, December 12th, where he was incarcerated on charges of:

  • Terroristic Threatening in the First Degree (2 counts) – Felonies
  • Threatening a Judicial Officer or Juror – Felony

Curtis is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond. He will appear before the Circuit Court to answer on January 11, 2019.

The United States Secret Service was provided with all the information in this matter and assisted with the investigation.




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