The alleged contract killer accused of the kidnapping and murder of a Danville man has still not arrived in Vermont despite the order of a federal judge in Wyoming. But his alleged accomplice is scheduled for a detention hearing in Burlington and federal prosecutors have made it clear they want to keep him behind bars. Aron Lee Ethridge, 42, of Las Vegas, Nev., is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Burlington today, for a detention hearing before Chief Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford. “The Court should detain the defendant because there are no conditions of release that will reasonably assure the appearance of the defendant and the safety of the community,” wrote Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul Van de Graaf and Jonathan A. Ophardt in their motion for detention. “The conduct alleged in the indictment relates to a kidnapping where the kidnapper killed the victim. The offense is a crime of violence involving a firearm. The evidence is strong.” Ethridge, who has already been indicted by a grand jury, arrived in Vermont last week and has pleaded not guilty to a federal kidnapping charge. He faces a possible life sentence if convicted.
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