A Lexington lawyer who was accused of trying to run over a woman with his car several months ago was arrested again this week, this time accused of making a threatening phone call to a Dunbar High School student.
John Scott Benton, 43, is charged with third-degree terroristic threatening, a misdemeanor. In May, he was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and fourth-degree assault after a fight at Cheapside and East Short Streets. That case is pending in Fayette Circuit Court.
Benton, who could not be reached for comment Friday, has pleaded not guilty to all charges. His attorney entered the latest not-guilty plea on his behalf at an arraignment Friday. The arraignment had been rescheduled because Benton did not show up for his original court date Thursday, according to court documents.
According to an arrest warrant, a woman told police Benton called her 16-year-old son's cellphone and threatened the boy and his parents. She said he used a racial slur after telling the boy he "better get strapped up."
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The boy is a friend of Benton's daughters, the arrest warrant said.
The call allegedly was made on Oct. 20, according to the warrant. Benton was arrested Wednesday but was released from jail on bond under the condition that he was not to contact any of the victims.
In May, police said, Benton tried to hit his girlfriend with his car after an argument. The car missed, but Benton got out and pointed a gun at the woman before knocking her unconscious, according to a police citation.
He was indicted in that case in July. Fayette Circuit Judge James Ishmael originally presided over that case, but the judge recused himself because his wife is the victim's second cousin, according to court documents.