Published November 29, 2016
by Darren Thompson
BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA—Supporters and family of Red Fawn Fallis braved inclement blizzard weather for a scheduled court appearance Monday morning at the Morton County Jail in Mandan, North Dakota to find out her charges were dropped by the State of North Dakota without prejudice and charged in the United States Federal District Court. Fallis has been charged with possession of firearm by a convicted felon in the United States District Court of North Dakota.
Falli, 37, was arrested for attempted murder of a law enforcement officer on October 27th- the date where 140 other people were arrested when law enforcement forcibly removed hundreds of people camped in ceded treaty land in the pathway of the Dakota Access Pipeline. She has been detained in the Morton County Jail since her arrest.
Magistrate Judge Charles Miller Jr. presided the hearing and said Fallis will be held in jail without bail until further hearings. Fallis waived a hearing for bail review until further notice. While in custody in the Morton County Jail her bail was set at $110,000.00.
With the murder charge dropped, Fallis now faces a charge of possessing a firearm. Witnesses deny she had a weapon.
Fallis’ attorney Christopher P. Bellmore was not able to comment on why the court is holding her without bail, but assured that she is safe and taken care of. She is currently being detained in the Stutsman County Jail in Jamestown, North Dakota—101 miles east of where she was previously held. When escorted, police arrived in full riot gear according to Loma Cleveland, Red Fawn’s younger sister. Where Fallis is being detained can be viewed at www.vinelink.com.
Fallis’s family expressed thanks and gratitude to the amount of support that has come from people all over the world and continue to ask people to keep her in your thoughts and prayers. In an effort to keep communication concise and accurate, Red Fawn’s family has launched a support website at www.freeredfawn.com. Visitors can monitor her progress, donate to her legal defense, and find more information about her case on the site.
The next court hearing is yet to be determined.
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