On Monday, February 19, 2024, Fox News reported that the attorney for suspended Pennsylvania judge Sonya McKnight maintained her client’s innocence against charges that she attempted to murder her estranged boyfriend.

Cory Leshner, who is representing McKnight, said in a statement that the 57-year-old judge “is innocent of the alleged charges” and “did not shoot Mr. McCoy.” Leshner noted that McKnight is looking forward to presenting her full side of the story in court.

McKnight was charged last week in Dauphin County with attempted murder and aggravated assault for allegedly shooting 54-year-old Michael McCoy in the head as he slept at his home in the Harrisburg area on February 10th. Police claim gunshot residue was found on McKnight’s hands about an hour after the incident.

However, Leshner insists his client is not guilty of the accusations. He said McKnight “believes in the criminal justice system and once all of the facts in this matter are brought to light, she is confident that she will be cleared of any wrongdoing.” The attorney asked the public to remain open-minded about the case until the court hears both sides of the evidence.

McKnight has been a magisterial district judge in Dauphin County since 2016 but was suspended without pay in mid-November by the Court of Judicial Discipline, which oversees misconduct charges against judges. The Judicial Conduct Board had accused her of violating probation from a previous case involving actions taken regarding a 2020 traffic stop with her son.

In addition, the Board alleges McKnight improperly gave extra vacation time to staff, told an aide to ignore a civil complaint, and used Facebook while wearing judicial robes to promote product sales. She was acquitted in 2021 on criminal charges tied to the traffic stop incident.

McKnight is currently being held at the Dauphin County Prison, unable to post $300,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 26th to review evidence in the attempted murder case against her.



Source: Fox News