- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A judge has ruled an Auburn University lab technician accused of selling a “date rape” drug will remain in jail pending trial.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Wallace Capel Jr. ruled Wednesday there was probable cause that 64-year-old Stephen Howard sold a form of the drug to undercover police officers while brandishing a handgun. The judge denied a request to release Howard on bond.

The judge called Howard a “danger to the community.”

A grand jury is expected to hear the case.

Al.com (https://bit.ly/1POfnbj ) reports Howard bragged on an undercover video about using the drug on three to four women who passed out. Authorities have not yet identified those potential victims. Police also accused Howard of making threats against women.

Howard’s defense attorney, Don Bethel, said the purported threats were just “bluster.”

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Information from Al.com, https://www.al.com


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