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STALKING SUSPECT DENIED BAIL, TOLD TO HIRE LAWYER

A federal judge on Wednesday refused to release accused stalker George Popson Jr. on bail and also ordered the former U.S. Border Patrol agent to hire his own attorney.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Carol E. Heckman told Popson, 35, he can no longer use the services of a federal public defender because Popson has about $67,000 from a retirement fund he recently liquidated.

Popson, 35, of El Paso, Texas, remains in the Erie County Holding Center, where he has been since Sept. 24, when West Seneca police arrested him in the driveway of his ex-wife's home. He is the first person in Western New York under a recently enacted law designed to protect women from being stalked by former suitors.

Judge Heckman agreed with Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen M. Mehltretter, who said Popson would become a danger to his ex-wife if he is released from jail.

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