Judge Says Ex-MEAT PUPPETS Bassist Must Remain in Custody

January 2, 2004

A judge has ruled that former MEAT PUPPETS bassist Cris Kirkwood, who has been charged with assault, is a flight risk and a danger to others and must remain in custody, according to the Associated Press.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Virginia Mathis also ruled Wednesday (Dec. 31) that there is enough evidence to try Kirkwood, 43, in connection with a Dec. 26 incident at a Phoenix post office, said Harriet Bernick, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Kirkwood is accused of hitting a federal post office security guard in the head with a baton that the musician took from the guard during a struggle.

According to court documents, the guard then shot Kirkwood in the back.

The incident began over a dispute about parking with another customer.

Kirkwood has been charged with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon at a federal facility.

No trial date has been set.

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