Suspect in Explosion Near Colorado NAACP Office Denied Bail

Suspect in Explosion Near Colorado NAACP Office Denied Bail

A judge says a man accused of setting off a small explosion last month near a Colorado NAACP office is a danger to the community and must stay jailed without bail.

Published February 25, 2015

DENVER (AP) — A judge says a man accused of setting off a small explosion last month near a Colorado NAACP office is a danger to the community and must stay jailed without bail.

At a hearing Tuesday, a public defender argued 44-year-old Thaddeus Murphy was angry at one person and is not a danger to wider the community.

The blast drew national attention because of its proximity to the Colorado Springs office of the nation's oldest civil rights organization. But Murphy told investigators he had financial problems and was actually targeting an accountant who once worked in the building.

It's unclear if he knew the accountant, Steve DeHaven, died in June.

Magistrate Judge Michael Watanabe says Murphy suffers from mental illnesses including anxiety and depression and is a flight risk because of a history of missing court appearances.

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(Photo: AP Photo/Colorado Department of Corrections, HO)

Written by The Associated Press

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