NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A former Blackwater contractor charged in the shooting deaths oftwo Afghans is getting a hearing to appeal a judge's order that hebe held in custody until his trial.
A bond hearing is set for Tuesday for 29-year-old Chris Drotleffof Virginia Beach. His lawyers filed an appeal with the U.S.District Court in Norfolk, asking that the court review thedecision.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Tommy Miller ruled Tuesday that Drotleffis a flight risk and potential danger to the public. A trial datehas not been set.
Drotleff and another former contractor are charged withsecond-degree murder, attempted murder and weapons charges.
Both have said they were justified in opening fire last year ona car that caused an accident in front of their vehicle at a Kabulintersection, then sped toward them.
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