- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Former U.S. Senate candidate Clayton Walker, who has been indicted on election law violations, has been ordered held without bond despite his argument that he needs to care for his ailing mother.

Walker, 33, of Black Hawk, appeared in court Thursday, a day after he was arrested for violating the conditions of his personal recognizance bond, KCCR radio reported. That bond was issued in June after he was indicted on charges of perjury and filing false election documents.

Walker was taken off the ballot after his nominating petitions were successfully challenged on grounds they included unregistered voters and had other discrepancies. Walker has said he believes the complaint was politically motivated.

Walker was arrested on three counts of threatening by electronic device. He is accused of making repeated phone calls to several state offices threatening and harassing employees.

Hughes County State’s Attorney Wendy Kloeppner also has requested a $500 cash bond on the threatening charges. She said Walker made numerous harassing calls to state offices, often using “foul language.”

Kloeppner said Walker was a danger to the community.

Walker apologized, saying he had been under duress after an uncle died in Colorado. He also asked for another personal recognizance bond, telling Magistrate Judge Leo Disburg that he had no money and has to be out of jail to care for his ailing mother.

Disburg said he was “sorry” for Walker’s situation, but ordered him held without bond.

Walker is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 7 for the election fraud charges. He is slated to appear in court on Nov. 6 on the threatening charges.

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Information from: KCCR-AM, https://www.todayskccr.com/

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