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Denver Police Haven’t Decided to Question Neo-Nazi in North Carolina

April 1, 1985

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) _ A self-avowed white supremacist and neo-Nazi wanted for questioning in the slaying of a Denver radio talk show host told a magistrate today he’d earned money selling weapons while running from federal agents.

″I got 50 cents and a watch,″ David Lane said. ″I sold my dinner (in Forsyth County Jail) to get the 50 cents ... I got no other asset in the world. I had a bunch of money confiscated (when arrested), a fairly considerable amount.

″I been on the road a year and a half,″ Lane said when Magistrate Russell A. Eliason asked his address.

Lane, 46, sought for questioning in the shooting death last June 18 of talk show host Alan Berg, was arrested Saturday outside a Winston-Salem grocery store by federal agents armed with shotguns and automatic weapons. He had been sought on a warrant issued Jan. 30 charging him with passing counterfeit $10 bills last year in Philadelphia.

No one has been charged in Berg’s slaying, but authorities have identified Lane, Bruce Carroll Pierce, who also has been arrested, and two other members of an extremist group called ″The Order″ as their top suspects. Berg, a Jew, often argued with neo-Nazi members, including Lane, on his call-in show, Denver police said. Last August, Lane wrote to the Denver news media denying he participated in Berg’s killing.

Eliason scheduled a bond hearing for Friday. U.S. Attorney Ken McAllister said he wanted Lane held without bond because he poses a danger to the community and likely would flee if released.

Lane said he wanted the government to provide an attorney because his money was seized by agents when he was arrested.

Lane said he had earned the money doing various things, including sales of ″legal weapons,″ and asked Eliason to release some of the money so he could buy ″toothpaste and a towel so I can take a bath.″

McAllister laughed when Eliason asked if the money confiscated from Lane was genuine currency. ″That’s a good question,″ he said. ″We’re not sure.″

Meanwhile, Denver police Capt. Doug White said the city police department could decide today whether to send someone to North Carolina to question Lane about Berg’s slaying.

″We’re still kicking it around,″ White said. ″The problem is going through the feds on this. They may not be in a position to help us.

″We consider him (Lane) a suspect because we’re not 100 percent convinced that he has no knowledge of the (Berg) killing and that he wasn’t in Denver when it happened.″

When Lane was arrested he was with two Guilford County men identified as Ku Klux Klan sympathizers, said FBI agent Robert Pence.

Pence would not name the two men because they had not been arrested.

″We’re looking at whether they can be charged with harboring a fugitive,″ he said. ″They are self-admitted associates or supporters of the (Ku Klux) Klan. They told the (arresting) agents they believed Lane was just another ’patriotic American brother.‴

Pence said authorities were informed Lane had been staying in a farmhouse near the community of Woolwine, Va., for the last 30 days. Pence said agents located him three days ago.

Agents found several pistols, ammunition for automatic weapons, a large amount of cash and ″what we consider important documents″ in searches related to the arrest, Pence said. The FBI also confirmed that there was a .45-caliber pistol and a knife on the front seat of the small blue pickup truck being used by Lane and his companions.

Officials said federal authorities had been tailing Lane since shortly after the arrest last Tuesday of Pierce in Rossville, Ga.

Denver District Attorney Norman Early said Sunday that a Seattle, Wash., grand jury also is looking into allegations that Lane has been involved in racketeering activities in the past.

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