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Dunbar Hearing
10/3/2017
 
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William Dunbar, a national guardsman accused of threatening to kill Vice President Mike Pence, has a violent past that includes making threats on his own life, according to testimony in federal court by Secret Service Special Agent Keith Heckman. Heckman, who conducted an investigation in Dunbars past after he was arrested last month, detailed a past of threats of suicide, violence and a short fuse, citing interviews he did with people who knew Dunbar. This testimony came during a detention hearing in the U.S. District Court for Western Pennsylvania to decide whether Dunbar presented too much of a risk to the community to be let out while awaiting trial. Heckman said Dunbar was barred from having a weapon during his duties with the National Guard because a military psychologist was worried he would hurt other people or himself. Heckman also said that investigators found five firearms at a home that Dunbar either lived or stayed at although Dunbars attorney pointed out that investigators did not find anything resembling plans for an assassination. Dunbar was accused last month of threatening to kill Pence during Pence's visit to the Flight 93 National Memorial on September 11th of this year. Witnesses told Heckman that Dunbar yelled obscenities about the vice president a few days before the 11th, at on point allegedly saying "I'll make a terroristic threat. I'll kill him." During an interview with Dunbar, Heckman said Dunbar instead told him he never directly threatened Pences life, instead suggesting, perhaps hypothetically, that Pence's visit to Johnstown would be a good time to do it and that he would do it if he was paid enough money. Heckman said Dunbar told him what he said about Pence was a joke, although Heckman said witnesses told him they were "scared" and took the threat seriously, given Dunbar's past. Heckman cited a number of unnamed community members and soldiers when addressing Dunbar's past, prompting pointed questions from Dunbar's attorney about what was contained in Dunbar's official criminal record. The federal judge presiding over the case said he would have a decision by Friday on whether Dunbar would have to stay in jail until a trial.
  
 
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