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Accused murderer facing charges of threatening judge

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - An accused murderer is facing another charge for threatening an Eau Claire judge.

Larry Fernandez was in court Tuesday. The Ladysmith man is charged with first degree murder.

He's accused of strangling Frederick Brian Harvey. Harvey's body was found buried in Rusk County.

Tuesday in court, there were extra bailiffs and deputies, including the Eau Claire county jail captain, for protection.

Last month during a hearing, Fernandez started shouting at Judge Lisa Stark. He was upset that jail staff was not allowing him access to paperwork in his case. According to the criminal complaint, a week and a half later, Fernandez began shouting again in the jail, threatening Judge Stark. It says he also told jail staff they would have to kill him to stop him if he ever got a hold of someone. The complaint also says he made signs that he hung in his window in the jail, stating he was ready to die and would dig people's graves.

Fernandez is charged with battery or threat to judge, and will be back in court on those charges in two weeks. Judge Stark will not be the presiding judge for the threat charges. He also has a new attorney, after his court-appointed attorney withdrew after his last court appearance.

His new attorney says he needs time to go through the papers on the murder charges.

Fernandez will be back in court on those charges in April.

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