The third man charged in an alleged Chesterfield plot to bomb houses of worship appeared in court on Friday.
A judged ordered Charles Halderman to remain behind bars until his case is heard by a Grand Jury in December. The judge cited safety concerns for the community and his history of failing to appear for previous court hearings.
Halderman has a long criminal history dating back to a conviction for malicious wounding as a 16-year-old and including ten probation violations out of Chesterfield. Prosecutors say he also has ties to the Aryan Brotherhood white supremacist organization.
Halderman is one of three people arrested after a tip from an informant led FBI agents to uncover an alleged plot to blow up synagogues and black churches and start a race war, according to prosecutors.
The other two suspects, Robert Doyle and Ronald Chaney III, were in court on Thursday to face their charges in the case. The special agent from the FBI investigating the case told the court Thursday an informant told investigators Doyle and Chaney wanted to purchase guns. Prosecutors say the men wanted to rob a Virginia jewelry distributor to raise money to fund a race war. They also say an undercover agent acting as a weapons dealer recorded Doyle describing plans to kill the dealer and dispose of his body.
Investigators say all three men met at Doyle's home in Chesterfield to come up with a plan for the robbery and to ultimately start a "race war."
A search of Doyle's car found 30 rounds of ammunition and his Chesterfield home contained three ballistic vests and several firearms, prosecutors said. Explosives, firearms and a vest were also found at the Henrico home where he lived with his parents, according to prosecutors. Prosecutors said he has five prior felony convictions and has been on supervised probation since 2007.
While prosecutors say they met at Doyle's home in Chesterfield in September to plot shooting or bombing synagogues and black churches, and also to plan for what they called a "race war," defense attorneys said it isn't clear what exactly took place at the meeting.
Charges have also been filed against Chaney's father. Ronald Beasley Chaney and Terry Gunn Chaney were arrested after Henrico police conducted a search warrant at a home in the 300 block of E. Jerald St., near Highland Springs High School. Police say they found marijuana, firearms, ammunition and fireworks inside the house.
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