Reuters reports that bail has been denied to the defendants charged in the New Mexico compound case. The five defendants have been indicted on conspiracy and firearms charges by the grand jury. The presiding judge denied the bail request because they are considered a danger to the community.
The case against them alleges that they transported firearms and ammunition from Georgia to New Mexico in 2017. It also says that they were operating a training camp in a remote desert area of Taos County to “prepare for violent attacks on government, military, educational and financial institutions.”
The defendants listed in the charges are as follows: Jany Leveille, 35, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, Hujrah Wahhaj, 37, Subhanah Wahhaj, 35, and Lucas Morton, 40. All defendants entered not guilty pleas to the charges.
They were arrested by the FBI on August 31, and Leveille was charged with possession of firearms and ammunition. The other four were charged with conspiracy to commit the offense.
Local police arrested the group on August 3 when they found 11 children without food and water and multiple firearms on site. In a search of the property, the body of a 3-year-old was found near the Colorado state line.
Initial charges in state court included child abuse, but a deadline was missed by the prosecutors, causing the charges to be dismissed in court. Three of the suspects were subsequently released from jail.
The state says it plans to charge Leveille and Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, her partner, in the death of the toddler, as well as refiling child abuse charges against the other three defendants.
Defense attorneys claim the evidence in the case does not support the charges against them, and believe most of them are a result of being discriminated against because they are black and Muslim.
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