Texas men remain in custody on convention charges

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Two Texas men charged with illegally possessing Molotov cocktails ahead of the Republican National Convention remain in federal custody in Minnesota.

A federal magistrate judge on Tuesday initially called for the release of 22-year-old David Guy McKay and 23-year-old Bradley Neil Crowder each on $25,000 bond. The two are from Austin.

But the U.S. Attorney's Office requested that a district judge hold a separate detention hearing, which was set for Wednesday before Chief District Judge Michael Davis. Both men are being held in the meantime.

Jeffrey DeGree, an attorney for McKay, argued Tuesday for his client's release. DeGree says he questions the techniques - including the use of electronic surveillance - that investigators used to ultimately arrest and charge his client.

Messages left for the public defenders representing Crowder were not immediately returned Tuesday.

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