A federal magistrate ordered Friday that eight people accused of plotting to kill police officers as part of a revolt against the U.S. government be held in jail pending their trial.
Magistrate Judge Donald Scheer said he was entering orders of detention for the members of the Michigan-based Hutaree militia.
He said the nature and circumstances of the charges led to his decision.
James Thomas, a lawyer for one of those charged, said that he would appeal the decision. Thomas said that the lawyers for at least three other defendants also will appeal the order.
Court-appointed defense attorneys argued Thursday that their clients do not pose a threat and should be released while awaiting trial.
David Brian Stone Sr., 45; his sons, Joshua Stone 21, and David Brian Stone Jr., 19; as well as the eldest Stone's wife, Tina Stone, 44, have been charged with seditious conspiracy, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, teaching the use of explosive materials and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence.
Joshua John Clough, 28; Kristopher Sickles, 27; Michael David Meeks, 40; Jacob Ward, 33; and Thomas Piatek, 46, face the same charges.Piatek, of Whiting, Indiana, is being held in Indiana. The eight ordered held have pleaded not guilty.
-¬† CNN's Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.