- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - A judge has refused to set bond and release a Detroit-area man accused of plotting to attack a church, although he questioned whether inflammatory statements cited by agents violated the law.

Khalil Abu-Rayyan of Dearborn Heights is not charged with terrorism-related crimes. But investigators say he’s made threats against a church, police and others in support of Islamic State. The 21-year-old has been in custody for about two weeks on a gun charge.

His father, Rayyan Abo-Rayyan, pledged to take responsibility if his son is released on bond. But U.S. Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen says he must protect the community. He held a hearing Tuesday.

The FBI says Abu-Rayyan has expressed support for Islamic State. Defense attorney Todd Shanker says he was simply trying to impress an undercover agent.

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