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Man accused of threatening Raleigh mayor fails in bid for lower bond

Posted February 6, 2014

Alec Dane Redner

— A Wake County judge on Thursday refused to lower the bond for a man accused of threatening Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane.

Alec Dane Redner, 27, of 11024 Brass Kettle Road, was arrested last month on charges of communicating threats and threatening an executive, legal or court officer. He is being held in the Wake County jail under a $250,000 bond.

Defense attorney Collin Cook called the bond "unconstitutionally excessive" for misdemeanor charges and asked that it be dropped to $10,000.

Wake County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Cruden said McFarlane feared for her safety and that of her family because of the threat and asked the Redner's bond remain high.

Police said Redner posted a message to McFarlane's political website that read, “You make a joke about the U.S. Constitution but soon you will (be) on the other end of the barrel.” The message also referred to the mayor by a crude name and told her to “watch out.”

When police tried to arrest Redner, he fled his home and had to be tracked down, Cruden said. A car parked in the driveway had a loaded shotgun on the seat, he said, although Cook said the gun didn't belong to Redner.

"She's scared to death," Cruden said of McFarlane. "She's never experienced anything like this (threat) before. She's scared for herself, her husband and her children."

District Judge Keith Gregory refused to lower Redner's bond, saying he believes Redner poses a clear threat to public safety.

Redner's next court date is March 3.


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  • innocent bystander 3 Feb 7, 2014

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    I wish they had a "DISLIKE" button.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 6, 2014

    I sure wish we could "Like" comments here.

  • Raleigh Rocks 1 Feb 6, 2014

    McFarlane feared for her safety and that of her family because of the threat and asked the Redner's bond remain high....

    Shes the Mayor, just because she is scared does not mean she can go above the law..... Typical Lib., always wanting special treatment.

    I was so scared once in Raleigh I could not sleep and I looked out my window for 3 nights because I pressed charges against some dude who stole my car, and cops found car with their drugs in it and they were dealing the drugs. They were released that night, cops kept the drug cash. I thought these bad folks would track me down and try to get their cash back from me or worse.

    This makes me so MAAAD!!

  • mafiamic Feb 6, 2014

    Sticks and stones....Threats do not mean a thing unless harm is actually done.
    Be prepared and cautious, I was threatened in school many times and on the job and on the baseball field and every game I played.
    People need to stop living in a paranoid world.
    Guess 9/11 made us a paranoid nation instead of a stronger nation?

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 6, 2014

    JUMP1 - "Yet ,this judge would lower a bond on a rapist or some other criminal."

    Yep, we've seen judges do this repeatedly, even in cases of those who have raped children.


  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 6, 2014

    Would that those who threaten common citizens with the same things receive the same treatment in court. Everyone of us should be seen to be just as important in courtrooms and jails as McFarlane or any other elected official.

  • look deeper Feb 6, 2014

    So many avenues that I could down here, but I'm mostly confused over the fact that it is a post on a website. Cyber crimes are without the most impossible crimes to track down and prove. How can you give a man 250,000 bond over a charge that can never be proven to have come directly from him. This guy needs a serious lawyer and to file some serious charges of his own.

  • Jump1 Feb 6, 2014

    Yet ,this judge would lower a bond on a rapist or some other criminal.

  • mmtlash Feb 6, 2014

    NoTimeForStupidity she was elected to a 2nd term this past November

  • WralCensorsAreBias Feb 6, 2014

    There's no doubt the new Mayor is liked by few, she's actually quite limp and will certainly be thrown out after one term, but what stooge thinks threatening someone with that many powerful friends is a good idea?