COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A judge has denied a request to reduce the bail of an Idaho man accused of shooting a pastor.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Kootenai County Public Defender Lisa Chesebro said in court Thursday that she was requesting a lower bail so 30-year-old Kyle Odom would not have to be held in the maximum security wing of the jail. She also said the $500,000 amount is excessive now that Odom's charge has been amended from attempted murder to aggravated battery.

But district judge James Stow said the bond amount is appropriate because Odom is a public safety risk. Prosecutors say Odom shot Coeur d'Alene pastor Tim Remington six times March. He was arrested two days later in Washington, D.C.

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