Joseph Murdock is facing several charges of intimidation as well as disorderly conduct. According to court documents, in April, Murdock threatened to burn down David VanHook’s home because he was black. Murdock was supposed to be in court on Friday for arraignment.
“He was arrested on the warrant and released,” Deputy District Attorney Jordan Bailey says, “as a condition of that release he was given his court date to be arraigned on the case and he failed to appear at that arraignment.”
NBC5 spoke to VanHook today who says it’s concerning that Murdock isn’t behind bars, but he says the community support that’s come from this incident has been incredible.
A warrant has been issued for Murdock’s arrest, if you see him you’re asked to call police.
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