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Bond Denied For Militia Leader

Thu., May 2, 1996

A militia leader from Arkansas who spent almost a month at the anti-government freemen compound near Jordan, Mont., was ordered held without bond by a federal magistrate Wednesday.

Stewart Douglas Waterhouse, 37, is accused of running a roadblock outside the compound on March 29, four days after the standoff began, and entering the compound with a Russian-made SKS assault rifle. He surrendered to FBI agents on Saturday.

In a detention hearing Wednesday, U.S. Magistrate Richard Anderson ordered Waterhouse held without bond, ruling that Waterhouse constitutes a threat to the community and might flee.

The hearing was held over Waterhouse’s protest. He said he is challenging the jurisdiction of the court. Anderson told Waterhouse he need not participate but that the hearing would proceed.

Anderson also set a preliminary hearing for Tuesday. The hearing had been scheduled Wednesday, but Waterhouse requested a delay.

Waterhouse, of Osage, Ark., has identified himself as the second-in-command of a militia group based in Kansas.

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