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Judge Rules Dayton Gunman's Friend Who Bought Him Body Armor Will Remain In Jail

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A federal judge has upheld a ruling to keep in jail a longtime friend of the Dayton gunman.

Authorities have said there's no indication that Ethan Kollie knew Connor Betts was planning the Aug. 4 shooting in the Ohio city that killed nine people before police killed him. But they charged him with lying on a federal firearms form while buying a pistol not used in the shooting.


Defense attorney Nick Gounaris has said the charges Kollie faces don't involve a firearm used in any violent offenses. But investigators said Kollie told them he bought the body armor, a 100-round magazine and a key part of Betts' gun.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Rose agreed Friday with a magistrate's August ruling, saying Kollie is "a danger to himself and others."

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