Muskogee men waive rights to preliminary hearing


Friday, June 6th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) -- Four men accused of stealing machine guns and ammunition from the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs waived their rights to a preliminary hearing on Thursday.

Robert Doak, Jason Horton, Jason Eller and Justin Wildoner have been charged with possession of stolen firearms. The Muskogee men allegedly stole 10 H&K UMP-40 machine guns, body armor and ammunition during a burglary last month at the BIA Roads Garage in Muskogee.

Boynton resident Michael Coleman, who was charged in a separate federal weapons complaint, posted bail and was released last week, Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Fries said.

If indicted by a grand jury, they will be arraigned and a trial date will be set.

At a federal court hearing in Muskogee, U.S. Magistrate Kimberly West ordered Doak, 31, detained. She set bail at $25,000 each for Horton, 26, and Eller, 22, and at $30,000 for Wildoner, 30.

Muskogee police officers saw two men later identified as Doak and Horton leaving the BIA building May 27. Officers found guns and other items belonging to the BIA in the men's vehicle.

According to an affidavit, Doak told the FBI that Wildoner said he had broken into the garage and stored items near railroad tracks behind the building.

After leaving the weapons with Doak, Wildoner returned home. Horton and Eller arrived and helped Doak load the weapons into his truck, records show.

A BIA agent reportedly had stored the guns in steel containers near an area known for frequent burglaries.