Accused Military Shooter Remains Behind Bars

Yonathan Melaku to stay in jail

Thursday, Dec 1, 2011  |  Updated 8:53 PM EDT
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Accused Military Shooter Remains Behind Bars

Yonathan Melaku

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An ex-Marine Corps reservist accused of shooting a gun at the Pentagon and other military targets will remain behind bars.

Yonathan Melaku, 23, of Alexandria, Va., appeared in court Thursday. Melaku waived a probable cause hearing, but his lawyer asked that Melaku be allowed to remain under home confinement with an ankle bracelet.

The court found that there were no conditions to ensure that Melaku would not be a danger to the community, so the judge said he must remain in custody pending further court hearings.

Melaku is accused of a series of overnight shootings in October and November of 2010.  Among the targets: The Pentagon, The Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, and a Marine recruiting station in Chantilly.

Melaku was arrested in June after he was found carrying a backpack with amonium nitrate in Arlington National Cemetery.  He also had a notebook containing arabic references to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida.

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