SALINAS, Calif. - A former Pacific Grove police commander made his first appearance in court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty.
John Nyunt is accused of making criminal threats to his former wife Kristen Nyunt in 2012.
"It involves a single telephone conversation that occurred over 14 months ago during which there was an emotional outburst, John was at his very worst, after months and months of psychological and emotional abuse, perpetrated by Kristin," said Juliet Peck, Nyunt's attorney.
Prosecutors say Nyunt threatened Kristin. The conversation was recorded.
"I don't think there is any question that neither John nor Kristin thought for a second that he would act on the threat, that he cut her throat or anything of that sort," said Peck.
Peck says the threat was never even reported to police and was only discovered by prosecutors while they prepared a case against Kristin, who was arrested last January.