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Suspect in courthouse bomb-threat case faces 4 felonies, is held without bond


A 21-year-old man accused of calling in a courthouse bomb threat from a pay telephone in order to try to avoid his scheduled sentencing that morning in a malicious wounding case is now facing a new case.

Devon Tyrell Slaughter is charged with four felonies concerning the Feb. 20 incident, which resulted in all three Newport News, Va., courthouses temporarily being closed for part of that day, according to WAVY.

“My position is to send a strong message to anyone who attempts to impede the justice system, whether through witness intimidation or by disrupting court proceeding,” said Sheriff Gabe Morgan. “We will use all available resources to bring them to justice.”

The Daily Press and WVEC also have stories.

None of the articles includes any comment from Slaughter or his legal counsel.

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