Suspect in Colorado synagogue plot will remain in jail

A man arrested on suspicion of plotting to bomb a historic Colorado synagogue waived his right to have the evidence against him aired in court Friday and will remain behind bars for now

DENVER -- A man arrested on suspicion of plotting to bomb a historic Colorado synagogue waived his right to have the evidence against him aired in court Friday and will remain behind bars for now.

Richard Holzer, 27, wore a yellow jail jumpsuit with his arms and legs shackled during a brief court appearance in federal court. His public defender, Mary Butterton, told Judge Magistrate Kristen Mix that Holzer did not want to fight his detention but said he may decide to later.

Holzer was arrested Nov. 1 after the FBI said he accepted what turned out to be phony explosives from undercover agents to bomb Temple Emanuel in Pueblo. In court documents, an FBI investigator claims that Holzer repeatedly said he was ready to go ahead with the attack the following day.

Butterton declined to comment on the allegations after the hearing.

On Oct. 31, the agents delivered the explosives to Holzer, who allegedly said they should carry out the attack overnight to avoid the police.

After his arrest, Holzer allegedly told the FBI he had not planned to hurt anyone but would have gone ahead with the attack if there was someone there because anyone inside would be Jewish.