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Alleged White Supremacist Denied Bond, Will Remain In Jail

Posted July 24, 2002 5:41 a.m. EDT

— A Johnston County man, who authorities believe, has ties to the Ku Klux Klan was denied bond and will remain in jail after his federal court appearance on Wednesday.

Authorities said they found weapons and bomb-making materials when they searched Barefoot's home last week. He made his first appearance in federal court Wednesday.

Detective Will Britton testified that a domestic violence protection order that had been filed in March by Barefoot's wife, Sharon Renee Barefoot, was still in effect when authorities found two guns in his van and 24 weapons in his home.

In the domestic violence protection order, Sharon Barefoot claimed her husband held a gun to her head during an arguments.

Some of the confiscated weapons were also obtained by Barefoot outside of North Carolina, which officials say was another violation of the order.

Authorities believe Barefoot, who has ties to the Ku Klux Klan, may have used the weapons to destroy several Johnston County government offices.

"Those things combined with his groups that have been known to use violence to further their objectives, I think, worked toward detention today," attorney Jim Candelmo said.

Barefoot's attorneys claimed that his wife rescinded the protection order against him and he got the guns from a friend, who Barefoot claims, was holding on to them. His attorneys claimed the government case against Barefoot should be dismissed. However, the judge denied his request.

Barefoot is currently at the New Hanover County Jail.

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