SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah man accused of pointing a bow and arrow at protesters was ordered to stand trial on four criminal counts.
Brandon McCormick, 57, has not yet entered a plea to two counts of possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, aggravated assault and threatening to use a weapon during a fight, the Deseret News reported Tuesday. All of the charges are third-degree felonies.
Officials say that McCormick loaded an arrow and aimed it toward demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd in Salt Lake City on May 30.
The incident occurred shortly after McCormick yelled “all lives matter” and used the N-word toward the protesters, officials said. He did not injure anyone before a group swarmed and attacked him.
In a hearing on Tuesday, McCormick asked 3rd District Judge Paul Parker to reduce his $100,000 bond.
“Sir, in the past, I was a jackass,” he said. “I was a drug addict, I’ve made poor choices.”
Parker declined his request, saying McCormick was recently convicted of assault and drove out of his way to get to the protest that day.
Defense attorney Zoraya Gappmaier argued that although McCormick has spent 27 years in and out of prison, he has been sober and doing well for the last three years, drawing praise from his boss before virus restrictions robbed him of his job at an events center.
Deputy Salt Lake County District Attorney Alex Stoedter countered that McCormick has spent just 12 years of his adult life outside the walls of a prison.
Stoedter said the allegations against McCormick are “incredibly disturbing,” noting the 57-year-old was heard using a racial slur and brandished weapons despite having felony convictions that bar him from possessing any. Prosecutors said McCormick also has a battery conviction and weapons charge from a case in San Bernardino, California.
McCormick will return to court Aug. 17.