Neo-Nazi with explosives released on bond, deemed not to be a threat by Judge

In May, Devon Arthurs shot and killed two of his three roommates. He gave the police two motives. One, they were neo-Nazis who taunted him when he left a neo-Nazi group to convert to Islam. And two, Arthurs wanted to prevent his roommates from pursuing their planned domestic terrorism schemes.

Surviving roommate found with bomb-making materials

According to Fusion, he told police that their other roommate, Brandon Russell, was also a neo-Nazi who had threatened to blow-up buildings and kill people.

Russell, an Army National Guard, was later arrested when bomb-making materials were found in a search of the shared garage and apartment. Investigators also found firearms, ammunition, a framed photo of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, a copy of Hitler’s Mein Kampf and various white supremacist propaganda in Russell’s bedroom, according to the Miami Herald.

In the two days that lapsed between finding the bomb-making materials and Russell’s arrest, he and another neo-Nazi had purchased two guns and 500 rounds of ammunition.

Russell admits to owning bomb-making material, but says it’s for engineering club

The complaint filed against Russell stated that he admitted owning the bomb-making materials in the garage. He claims that the explosives and fuses were used to “boost homemade rockets and send balloons into the atmosphere for testing,” during his participation in an engineering club at the University of South Florida.

An FBI agent noted in the same complaint that the specific explosive was inappropriate for rockets and balloons. “Based on my training and experience, HMTD is too energetic and volatile for these types of uses.”

Judge rules that Russell poses no public threat

On Friday, Russell appeared before US Magistrate Judge Thomas McCoun for a bail hearing. Prosecution argued that Russell should be held in jail until trial because he posed a threat to the community. The judge determined otherwise.

“I am unable to conclude there is clear and convincing evidence that Defendant represents a threat to any other person,” McCoun wrote.

The amount of Russell’s bond and conditions of his release will be outlined by another judge in a separate order.

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