UPDATE: Tallahassee man accused of ‘Call to Arms’ at Florida Capitol will remain behind bars
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — A Tallahassee man accused of issuing a “Call to Arms” at the Florida Capitol will remain behind bars until trial.
Daniel Baker is set to stand trial on May 4. His attorney was in court Wednesday afternoon to request Baker be released to await trial, citing difficulty meeting with his client at the Federal Detention Center.
According to a court order posted Thursday morning, the judge denied Baker’s release request. He ordered the FDC to get Baker the eyeglasses he needs to read and allow his defense attorney better access to his client to prepare for trial.
Baker’s attorney is now requesting information about an intelligence briefing the FBI conducted in the days leading up to the Presidential inauguration.
He says a Tampa Bay Times article indicates the FBI hosted a conference call with dozens of law enforcement agencies and indicated “it had not received any specific intelligence about actual demonstrations targeting the state capital.”
Defense attorney Randy Murrell told federal prosecutors he thinks a jury should hear about that FBI threat assessment, either from the FBI or one of the agencies on that phone call.
Murrell contends Baker did not make a “true threat,” and that his comments were protected free speech.
The motion to compel was filed one day after a judge rejected Baker’s request to be released from detention to await trial.
WCTV’s original story on Baker’s release request can be viewed below.
- FBI arrests Tallahassee man for threats of violence at State Capitol ahead of Inauguration Day
- Tallahassee resident Daniel Baker indicted for inciting violence at Florida Capitol Building
- Man accused of inciting violence at Florida Capitol to stand trial in May
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - A Tallahassee man accused of issuing a “call to arms” at the Florida Capitol in January is now asking to be released to await trial.
Daniel Baker is scheduled to stand trial on May 4 on federal charges.
His attorney says Baker’s status as a “security risk” at the Federal Detention Center has led to him being held in a “Special Housing Unit” and the added security required makes it difficult to meet with him privately to prepare for trial.
Prosecutors say while political tensions may have subsided since Baker’s arrest and the Presidential inauguration, there is no new evidence or other legal reason to warrant Baker’s release.
A federal judge is expected to make a decision on Baker’s release request at a hearing Wednesday afternoon.
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