Alleged gun buyer in San Bernardino shooting denied bail
The man accused of purchasing two of the guns used in the San Bernardino shooting rampage will remain in custody as a criminal case against him proceeds, a federal judge ruled Monday.
Enrique Marquez has lived with his mother and stepfather for the last 10 years and does not own a passport, but U.S. District Magistrate Judge David Bristow said a conspiracy Marquez allegedly plotted with one of the shooters was enough to keep him in federal prison as his case is heard.
"The gravity of such conduct," Bristow said, "is such that at this point of time the defendant has not rebutted the argument that he is a danger to the community and he continues to pose that danger," the Los Angeles Times reported.
Marquez, 24, is accused of plotting at least two other assaults, in 2011 and 2012, with Sayed Farook that were not carried out. Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, died in a shootout with police following the Dec. 2 attack that left 14 people dead and more than 20 wounded.
Prosecutors say Marquez immersed himself in radical ideology shortly after meeting Farook in 2005 while the two lived in Riverside. And by 2011, according to court documents, Marquez and Farook supported the militant rhetoric of now-deceased al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlak.