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No indictment for Addison woman who took gun on airplane

Posted Saturday, Mar. 31, 2012

BY DIANNA HUNT
dhunt@star-telegram.com

FORT WORTH -- A Tarrant County grand jury has declined to indict an Addison attorney who went through a security checkpoint at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport in January with a loaded .38-caliber revolver in a carry-on bag.

Judith Kenney, 65, had been charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon in a place where weapons are prohibited.

The panel's members did not find probable cause for prosecutors to take the case to court, according to a news release from the Tarrant County district attorney's office.

On Jan. 18, screening officers in Terminal D detected a "questionable item" as several carry-on bags passed through the scanner. Before they could determine which bag the item was in and who owned it, a passenger had picked it up and walked away, a Transportation Security Administration spokesman said.

Officials searched for more than an hour using a security photo. They found Kenney already on board her American Airlines flight. She told authorities that she had forgotten the gun was in her bag.

On Friday, Kenney's attorney, David Finn of Dallas, said: "She is still mortified and very remorseful and feels terrible about the trouble she caused passengers and security officials. The grand jury certainly took its time and was methodical and deliberate."

Dianna Hunt, 817-390-7084
Twitter: @DiannaHunt

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