HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — An FBI agent said there is no evidence that an Indiana man accused of threatening judges and police officers knew a couple who killed two Las Vegas police officers and a Wal-Mart shopper earlier this month.
Samuel Bradbury, 22, of Pine Village appeared for a probable cause hearing in U.S. District Court in Hammond Monday. He faced criminal complaints from the federal government of extortion and threats and willfully threatening the use of explosive materials.
According to court documents, West Lafayette police received information Bradbury was making threats against two judges and law enforcement officers on his Facebook page.
In the posts, Bradbury claimed to know Jerad and Amanda Miller, the couple who killed two Las Vegas police officers.
Bradbury allegedly claimed to have chemical weapons and explosives. Officers found materials used to make explosive devices and anti-government poems in Bradbury’s home.
Attorney Ashwin Cattamanchi said Bradbury was exercising his free speech rights and that his comments were satire.
FBI agent Troy Wohlfert said investigators have found no evidence supporting Bradbury’s claim of ties to Jerad and Amanda Miller.
Bradbury is being held without bond.