Prosecutors say member of armed border group is flight risk
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a man who has been spokesman for a group of armed civilians that patrols the U.S.-Mexico border is a flight risk and should remain jailed on accusations of impersonating a federal agent.
A grand jury in New Mexico indicted 44-year-old James Christopher Benvie last week on two counts of false personation of a U.S. officer or employee. The indictment alleges Benvie, of Minnesota, impersonated a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Dona Ana County, New Mexico, on April 15 and 17.
The civilian groups have been widely criticized after videos surfaced showing them detaining immigrants.
Benvie was arrested Friday in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Prosecutors say in court filings that Benvie is dangerous and should remain detained.
His attorney, Bill Earley, didn't immediately return a call seeking comment. A hearing is scheduled Tuesday in Oklahoma City.
Autopsy: Multiple wounds killed naked teen shot by police
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — A preliminary autopsy report says an unarmed, black teenager who was naked when suburban Oklahoma City police shot him died of multiple gunshot wounds.
The report released Monday doesn't specify how many times Edmond police shot 17-year-old Isaiah Lewis or whether he had consumed drugs or alcohol. District Attorney David Prater has said he's seeking a toxicology report in weighing charges.
Police declined to comment on the report. They say they shot Lewis April 29 after a stun gun didn't work and he attacked two officers after breaking into a house. Police said they later found drug paraphernalia Lewis had tossed.
The officers are on paid leave.
Attorneys for Lewis' parents have filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city and police. They haven't returned phone calls seeking comment.