Agency Director Artie Pepin stressed that the judge’s responsibility is to make decisions based on evidence and “not popular sentiment that may develop from incomplete or misleading information.”
Suspect Siraj Ibn Wahhaj will remain in jail pending a warrant for his arrest in Georgia issued over accusations that he abducted his son, Abdul-ghani, from the boy’s mother in December and fled to New Mexico.
Three other defendants – Lucas Morton, Subhannah Wahhaj and Hujrah Wahhaj – had yet to be released on Tuesday.
Attorneys for those four defendants say volunteers have come forward to provide a suitable place for them to live as legal proceedings move forward.
Backus set bail at $20,000 with no up-front deposit – just a threat of a fine if defendants break condition of their release.
Court testimony Monday by an FBI agent shed light on the fate of the boy whose body was found.
Agent Travis Taylor said a 15-year-old resident of the compound described attempts to cast demonic spirits the child through a ritual that involved reading passages from the Quran while Siraj Ibn Wahhaj held a hand on the boy’s forehead,
The boy apparently died after one of the sessions, Taylor said.