LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A man accused of shooting a Louisville mayor candidate in February was indicted by a federal jury.
Quintez Brown 21 was arrested by federal officials on Wednesday under a sealed warrant.
Brown was held in house prison with an ankle monitor and was released on February 16 after the Louisville Community Bail Fund bailed $ 100,000.
Attorney Rob Eggert, who represents Brown, said federal agents took Brown from his grandmother’s house as a helicopter circling over him.
“We had no notice that the federal government was going to do so,” US District Judge Colin Lindsay said on Thursday.
The indictment opened on Thursday afternoon, but was not yet available to journalists.
A trial in the US District Court is scheduled for Friday at 1:00 PM.
Prosecutors plan to ask the judge to keep Brown in custody pending trial, saying he is facing a life sentence. He will remain in jail until at least the bail hearing next week.
Brown was arrested shortly after the shootout at the Democratic Party’s candidate mayoral office on Story Avenue in Butchertown on February 14.
Mayor candidate Craig Greenberg was not hit by fire in his election office but said a bullet grazed his sweater. Four Greenberg employees were nearby when the shooting took place, according to a media release from Jefferson County Commonwealth attorney Tom Wine.
In April, a Jefferson County Jury charged Brown with attempted homicide and four counts of mindlessly endangered.
At a federal hearing on Thursday, Brown’s attorneys argued that a federal court did not have jurisdiction over Brown and asked that the case be dismissed.
“We believe this accusation … is politically and racially motivated,” said Eggert.
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