Meat Puppets’ Cris Kirkwood In Custody

A judge has ruled that the bass player for the rock band Meat Puppets, who has been charged with assault, is a flight risk and a danger to others and must remain in custody.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Virginia Mathis also ruled Wednesday that there is enough evidence to try Cris Kirkwood, 43, in connection with a December 26 incident at a Phoenix post office, said Harriet Bernick, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Kirkwood is accused of hitting a federal post office security guard in the head with a baton that the musician took from the guard during a struggle.

According to court documents, the guard then shot Kirkwood in the back. The incident began over a dispute about parking with another customer.

Kirkwood has been charged with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon at a federal facility.

Kirkwood was released from a Phoenix hospital on December 30 and was subsequently arrested.

Kirkwood and his brother Curt fronted the Meat Puppets, who had several hit records in the 1980s and 90s. They were cited as an influence for bands such as Nirvana and earned a gold record in 1994 for “Too High to Die.”

No trial date has been set.


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