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Man charged, denied bond in medical center takeover

DOTHAN (AP) — A judge denied bond to a 19-year-old man charged with attempted murder in the takeover of an outpatient medical center that sent more than 50 patients and staff fleeing the building.

Jason Murphy, shackled at the legs and wrists at a hearing Tuesday, is also charged with making terrorist threats and criminal mischief. He is accused of firing several shots and holding law officers at bay for almost three hours Feb. 5 at the Primecare medical center.

His attorney, Matt Lamere, contended Murphy had no prior record, was not a flight risk and the charges were all “bailable offenses.” District Attorney Doug Valeska said Murphy still poses a danger to the community.

“He told detectives he planned to kill everybody when he went in, and he later told them he planned to kill the doctors,” Valeska said. “This community is afraid he will come back and finish what he attempted to do.

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