NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A federal judge has refused to issue a blanket dismissal of all charges against a Somali man who prosecutors consider the highest-ranking pirate the U.S. has ever captured.
U.S. District Judge Robert Doumar said Thursday that Mohammad Saaili Shibin will stand trial. Shibin faces piracy and a host of other charges in connection with the hijacking of a German merchant vessel and a U.S. yacht, in which all four Americans on board were shot and killed.
Shibin attorney James Broccoletti argued that the charges should be dismissed because it's too dangerous for him to travel to Somalia and provide an adequate defense. Doumar denied that request.
Doumar is reserving judgment on other motions to dismiss the charges until he hears evidence at the trial.
One of two men accused of killing an off-duty Norfolk police officer in 2010 was denied bond Wednesday morning.
Newport News City Manager Jim Bourey has made a decision on the city's next police chief.
Tonya Bundick was denied bond as well as a change of venue after she was indicted on new charges related to the Eastern Shore arson case.