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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Phillips County constable facing weapons charge

  • A federal magistrate judge has decided to detain James Weldon King, a Phillips County constable who authorities say is a felon who hoarded fully automatic rifles and thousands of rounds of ammunition at his home.
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  • A federal magistrate judge has decided to detain James Weldon King, a Phillips County constable who authorities say is a felon who hoarded fully automatic rifles and thousands of rounds of ammunition at his home. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray on Friday reversed his previous ruling that allowed James Weldon King to be released on bond. Ray said letters, arrest records and mental-health documents submitted by the government in the past two weeks convinced him that King, 50, showed signs that he is mentally unstable and would pose a danger to himself and others if he was released on bond. "It is clear to the court that if Mr. King were placed on electronic monitoring and home detention ... it would in no way reasonably protect the community," Ray said. King will be detained while he awaits trial on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing an unregistered firearm.

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