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Leith residents say they're hoping things might calm down for some time in their small town.
The two white separatists who have been making waves in the town will soon head to trial.

Deputies arrested Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton in November on seven counts of terrorizing each. And at today's preliminary hearing a Grant County Judge decided there was enough evidence to send the two to trial.

The atmosphere in the Grant County court room was tense. But that's a feeling Leith residents say they're used to by now.

"Knowing that they are of such a severe hate group, I mean, it's just very unnerving and unsettling. I just want our safe, peaceful town back," says Bethany Haberstroh, Leith.

Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton were in Grant County court for their preliminary hearing. The two pleaded not guilty to seven counts of terrorizing.

"Well I'm satisfied with what the court decided to do, that they're still detained until all the evidence and witnesses are brought forward," says Mayor Ryan Schock.

Deputies arrested the two back in November after Leith residents say they were walking around town with guns in a threatening manner. But, not everyone agrees that what they did is considered terrorizing.

"The attorneys for both Mr. Cobb and Mr. Dutton made it very clear that there was no direct threats, there was no, nobody threatened to shoot anybody or any type of violence or anything like that. It's strictly going on the basis that people are saying that they were afraid," says Jeff Schoep, National Socialist Movement.

Now, that Cobb and Dutton will be in jail for at least a little while longer, Leith residents say they hope things will settle down.

"Things have been quiet for the last few months, the last month, and that's been nice. We're just going to kind of hopefully live our lives and as long as these guys are locked up, everybody leaves us alone. That's what we've wanted from the beginning, just to be left alone," says Schock.

The Judge has not set a trial date.

Both Dutton and Cobb's attorneys did ask that the Judge lower their client's bails. Right now, Cobb has a $1 million cash bond while Dutton's is set at $50,000. Grant County Judge Donald Jorgensen says he'll consider if the attorneys turn in written motions by next week.

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