State asks to revoke bond for judge after drug test

UPDATE, Wednesday: Bond was revoked for Judge Melissa Boyd. Read the new story here.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Shelby County judge suspended after she was indicted on criminal charges may have her bond revoked after failing a drug test earlier this month, according to court documents filed Monday.

Criminal Court Judge Andrewnetta Melissa Boyd was indicted and taken into police custody in December, charged with coercion of a witness and harassment. She was released on bond in that case.

Shelby County judge indicted, taken into custody

As part of her bond agreement, Boyd was required to submit to drug screenings, the state of Tennessee said in the motion asking a judge to revoke her bond.

The state had filed a similar motion in January after they said Boyd failed to report for those screenings, but the court held open its ruling because Boyd agreed to inpatient treatment. She completed treatment in late February.

However, the state now says Boyd tested positive for cocaine and alcohol in a March 12 drug screening, violating the terms of her bail conditions.

State board votes to remove Memphis judge Melissa Boyd

A bipartisan state board voted unanimously to remove Boyd from the bench. That recommendation goes to the state General Assembly for a final vote in early April.

State records show the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct received a complaint as far back as 2022 that Boyd was allegedly “threatening and intimidating an acquaintance and that she was abusing alcohol.”

She admitted to the board in May that she had a substance abuse problem, records show.

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