Heather Salmon, 29, is staying in jail. Salmon, her husband and two other former Fort Stewart soldiers have been charged in connection with a double slaying in Long County.
Heather Salmon was indicted with four others in June 2012 by a Long County grand jury in connection with the December 2011 slayings of Michael Roark and Tiffany York. She's accused of being a member of the group FEAR, Forever Enduring Always Ready.
Isaac Aguigui, Michael Burnett, Anthony Peden, Salmon and her husband Christopher Salmon are charged with two counts of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and two counts of aggravated assault.
Christopher and Heather Salmon are also charged with one count of making a false statement.
Salmon's attorney Charles Nester said he doesn't believe Salmon was even present during the 2011 killings. Prosecutor Isabel Pauley told the Long County judge that Salmon, a former solider, was one of the leaders of the group called FEAR.
In her first court appearance since being indicted, Salmon pleaded not guilty.
Salmon's attorney urged the judge to grant Salmon bond so she could reunite with her children, who are staying with her father in Washington. He said Salmon would bring the children to Savannah to live with her and her mother. Pauley argued Salmon posed a flight risk and was a potential threat to the witnesses and the families involved. The judge agreed and denied bond for Salmon.
"She does pose significant risk to flee," said Superior Court Judge Robert Russell.
"How people like this can do something like this and expect a bond and want to be with their children and see their family," said Nick York, Tiffany York's brother. "It's not every day that I can pick up the phone and call my sister and be with them."
Prosecutors reveled in court that Salmon wanted her four children to grow up and kill for the militia group.
Pauley told Long County Superior Court Judge that Salmon was one of the leaders of the group, handled the militias finances and recorded herself saying she looked forward to the time the group could carry out its attacks.
Salmon was kicked out of the military in 2010 after she fired a gun at her husband on Fort Stewart and was later charged with abusing drugs. Prosecutors say the group stockpiled nearly $90,000 worth of guns and bomb components and had members commit crimes, such as burglaries and car break-ins, and sell drugs to help finance itself. The judge denied bond saying she was a flight risk and threat.
"The headquarters for the militia was her residence," said Pauley. "Where the bombs were staying, where Solar weapons were, Isaac was staying."
"Thinking she can get out and she has access to more than what people know," said Nick York. "There was just another arrest in Richmond Hill two months ago. I'm sure her and that guy had a connection together. All of them are connected somehow. If one of them gets out, that is all we need. We will have to watch over our backs, even harder then we are already looking. Just sucks. "
If convicted, Salmon faces life in prison. Prosecutors are also seeking the death penalty against the other three soldiers involved.
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