- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

CARSON, N.D. (AP) - Two white supremacists accused of using guns to terrorize residents of the tiny North Dakota town of Leith must stand trial but might have their bond reduced, a judge in Carson ruled Wednesday.

Lawyers for Craig Cobb, 62, and Kynan Dutton, 29, had argued that the long-barreled guns the men carried were legal and the men didn’t say or do anything violent, so the felony terrorizing charges should be reduced to disorderly conduct charges or dismissed.

South Central District Judge Donald Jorgenson instead ordered a trial, the Bismarck Tribune reported (bit.ly/1hZ8fXY ).

No date for the trial was set. Neither man spoke in court, except to plead not guilty, according to the newspaper.

Jorgenson said he would consider motions next week to reduce bond that’s now set at $1 million cash for Cobb and $50,000 cash for Dutton.

The only witness in Wednesday’s preliminary hearing was Grant County Deputy John Foss. He was questioned for more than an hour by State’s Attorney Todd Schwarz and attorneys for Cobb and Dutton.

Cobb bought a house and 12 other lots in Leith, population 24, and in August publicized his plans to fill the town with other white supremacists and take over the town government.

The alleged terrorizing happened over a weekend in mid-November, mainly after Cobb told the Grant County Sheriff’s Department that he would make armed patrols of Leith to protect his property, Foss said.

Cobb and Dutton have maintained they were patrolling the town because of violence and harassment directed at them.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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