Tucson Citizen
Friday, September 24, 2004

Judge: Militiaman stays in custody

The Arizona Republic

A member of an armed civilian border group accused of threatening a shootout with Border Patrol agents is a danger to the community and will remain in federal custody, a judge ruled.
At a detention hearing Wednesday in U.S. District Court, prosecutors described Casey James Nethercott, 37, of Douglas as a three-time convicted felon with a distrust of federal law enforcement and a "penchant for firearms."

An FBI agent testified that a search of Nethercott's property after the arrest yielded 18 firearms. He is legally barred from possessing guns.

Nethercott's attorney, Jason M. Hannan, told the judge the case was politically motivated.

Nethercott is accused of threatening three U.S. Border Patrol agents Aug. 31 in a standoff on his property.

When FBI agents arrested Nethercott on Sept. 15 outside a Douglas store, he and Kalen Riddle, 22, reportedly ignored orders to stop moving. An agent shot Riddle, seriously injuring him. Riddle was also present during the Aug. 31 standoff, federal agents said.