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Cobb and Dutton Must Stand Trial


Two white supremacists accused of using guns to terrorize residents in Leith plead not guilty to the crimes.

For the first time since their November arrests White Supremacists Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton were back in Grant County.

But today it was to answer to terrorizing charges.

Both men pleaded not guilty to the crimes and the case now moves towards trial.

Mike Chaussee has more details from the Grant County Courthouse.

It's all eyes on white supremacists Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton as they sit before a judge to answer to terrorizing charges...

National media along with Leith residents want to hear what they have to say.

The state's key witness at this preliminary hearing was deputy John Foss of the Grant County Sheriff's department.

He says several residents told him they feared for their lives the day Cobb and Dutton walked this road in Leith carrying guns.

"He was very nervous with the gun, he didn't understand why that was needed at that circumstance. Was he in fear for his life? Yes he told me he was in fear for his life. Grant County Sheriff John Foss said.

Foss watched video of the incident and says it shows Cobb and Dutton with military grade guns.

Dutton was carrying a long barreled gun, in what Foss described as a 'ready' position..

Mr.Dutton was carrying at the at-ready position and Mr. Cobb was kind of had it up and had it down. "can you describe what you mean by at ready position?" Would you like me to show you? "Yes please" Said Deputy John Foss.

The defense cross-examined, focusing on the fact that the video shows no evidence of verbal threats. And Cobb's attorney Ryan Heintz said several times that carrying guns is not illegal in North Dakota..

"The actions are not illegal per the statutes in the state of North Dakota, and as a result ask that all counts would be dismissed in this matter and the defendants be released, said Ryan Heintz Cobb's Attorney."

Judge Donald Jorgenson heard about an hours worth of testimony along with arguments from the prosecution and defense before deciding there's enough evidence to support the terrorizing charges.

Next Cobb and Dutton entered their pleas.

"not guilty"

Both pleaded not guilty on all seven counts of terrorizing.

No trial date has been set.

Lawyers for Cobb and Dutton requested to have their bail reduced.

Cobb's is set at one-million dollars.

Dutton's at 50-thousand.

Jorgenson said he would consider their requests when they are submitted in writing.

They are due to the judge by Wednesday.

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