Christopher S. Langer, the Volusia County man accused of having explosive materials in his home, went back before a judge today.
- Attorney says Langer could've been released if not for prior record
- Langer's next court date set for Dec. 12
- RELATED: Volusia Sheriff: Man with bomb-making materials was anti-government
The judge denied him bond again on a separate theft case, so he will remain behind bars.
But attorneys say if he hadn't been in trouble prior to this case, he would have been released.
Langer was only charged with making and possessing a destructive device, which is only a third-degree felony under Florida law, even though deputies said he could have caused major damage.
He stood before the same judge for the second day in a row, again facing serious charges. But Daytona Beach attorney David Damore explained the only thing likely keeping him in jail is that he committed a previous crime.
Damore said Langer could have gotten out, but he has been arrested six times in the past seven years, including this past September for dealing in stolen property, and Monday's arrest violated his release.
The Sheriff's Office rushed Monday to make sure he would stay behind bars after they found grenades and several items that could have been used to make bombs. The material was found after he got into an argument with his parents over the weekend.
“Had he not had some basis to hold him, which was a violation of his pretrial release, then he would have been able to bond out on a $5,000 bond, basically paying the bail bondsman $500 and put up some collateral,” Damore said.
Deputies said he told them he was anti-government and wasn't a fan of law enforcement and first responders.They said they also found several books in his home on how to make bombs.
“Having literature on bomb-making or how to commit certain crimes, or build devices is not criminal,” Damore said.
But Damore said he would have had to make direct threats to the public to charge him with a more serious crime, or he would have had to actually carry out an attack.
That's what scares neighbors who were shaken up from what they say could have been a tragedy.
“We live in a really good community, but I guess every development has bad seeds,” said neighbor Connie Harriger.
“Unless you’re using it for the farm or to blow up a gopher hole in our backyard, or for fireworks, then I can understand his neighbors being concerned, and if he is a threat to them, the state can come back and show he is a danger to society. They can seek a higher bond or conditions on his release,” Damore said.
The attorney said the charge Langer is facing right now could be up to five years in prison or $5,000 fine. His next court date is set for Dec. 12.