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Judge denies bond for Oath Keeper accused of staging armed backup outside DC on January 6


WASHINGTON — An Arizona Oath Keeper accused of coordinating an armed backup team outside of D.C. on January 6 will await trial behind bars following a magistrate judge's order Thursday.

Ed Vallejo, 63, of Phoenix, was one of 11 Oath Keepers – including president Stewart Rhodes – indicted on charges of seditious conspiracy last week. Vellejo appeared before Magistrate Judge John Boyle in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona on Thursday to make the case that he should be granted bond.

Vallejo's attorney told Boyle her client was a 63-year-old man with asthma who has been free without incident for the past year before a federal grand jury indicted him earlier this month. She also noted his service in the U.S. Army, from which he received a medical discharge.