Suspected Cyrus stalker is a danger, judge says

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TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. --- A man charged with trying to stalk teen star Miley Cyrus told an investigator he planned on returning to her Georgia movie set and "finishing things," her security guard told a judge Tuesday.

Municipal Court Judge Steven Scheer refused a request to lower Mark McLeod's $55,200 bond and ruled there was sufficient evidence to send the case to Chatham County State Court.

Judge Scheer said he felt Mr. McLeod, 53, had no chance of getting to the 16-year-old Hannah Montana star because she "can afford the best protection money can buy," but he feared Mr. McLeod might be a threat to others.

Miss Cyrus recently finished filming The Last Song on Tybee Island and in Savannah. Police say Mr. McLeod came to the island three times asking where he could find her.

Robert Merriman, a former Savannah-Chatham County police detective hired by Walt Disney Pictures to protect Miss Cyrus, testified that Mr. McLeod made a taped statement to a sheriff's investigator in Columbia County, where he was arrested at his home Aug. 4.

"He said that he knew the filming was going to be ending soon and he was going to be coming back to Tybee Island and finishing things," said Mr. Merriman, who told the judge that he interpreted the comment as a threat.

James Byrne, Mr. McLeod's defense attorney, said Mr. McLeod is an unemployed assistant plumber and will likely remain in jail because he cannot afford bond. All charges against him are misdemeanors.

"He's been kind of painted as this monster, but he's got a family," Mr. Byrne said. "He's not a danger. What he said I understand was unsettling to a lot of folks ... but it doesn't make him a stalker."

Police say Mr. McLeod told an officer he was engaged to marry Miss Cyrus and she sent him secret messages through her TV show after his first arrest June 22 on charges of disorderly conduct and obstruction of a police officer.

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Townie
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Townie 08/26/09 - 05:58 am
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And why is this man not

And why is this man not getting the mental health care he needs?? Jail is not the place for him. A hospital is where he needs to be. A blind man can see that.

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1trugent 08/26/09 - 07:08 am
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Mr. Byrne, read my lips,"

Mr. Byrne, read my lips," He's A Stalker!" A person that delusional is a threat to himself and others.

justus4
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justus4 08/26/09 - 07:22 am
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Why is this guy not being
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Why is this guy not being charged with felony charges? He is a threat of personal harm but given no serious charges. Another example of a charging bias. This one is clear.

Mugatu
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Mugatu 08/26/09 - 08:06 am
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He's not being charged with a

He's not being charged with a felony because his conduct doesn't qualify as a felony. Stalking is a misdemeanor. Aggravated stalking, which is a felony, requires that the accused violated a court order. He's being held on an extraordinarily high bond for misdemeanor charges, which evidences the lack of bias in his favor.

Townie
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Townie 08/26/09 - 10:56 am
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Is it just me, or does anyone

Is it just me, or does anyone else not see that he is not well mentally? At least evaluate him! He is more to be pitied than anything. I agree, he may be dangerous, but he deserves to be treated.

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deros 08/26/09 - 12:26 pm
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They should just treat him in

They should just treat him in JAIL!! How would anyone else feel if he was doing this your daughter? I wouldn't complain about the bond. He can be "evaluated" at the jail.

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corgimom 08/26/09 - 04:21 pm
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You can't have someone

You can't have someone arrested because you think they might be dangerous. They have to actually try to do something first. That's why restraining orders aren't worth the paper they are written on. It is not a crime to be schizophrenic.

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