WENATCHEE — Jurors will not hear of David W. Allender’s rabidly anti-Semitic blog network if his trial on firearms-related assault charges goes forward next week.
However, a voicemail message to the victims containing references to Jews may be heard, Chelan County Superior Court Judge Lesley Allan ruled Wednesday.
Allender, 48, is charged with three counts of second-degree assault and was arrested last May after a police siege on his rural Manson home. He’s accused of firing a rifle April 30 toward a family of three who arrived by car to view land Allender had put up for sale.
Allender and his partner manage a series of websites that claim the U.S. has been subjugated by a one-world government run by “Satanic Talmudic Jews.” Chelan County sheriff’s deputies say after the April 30 confrontation, Allender called the victims multiple times, asking if they were Jews or Satan worshipers.
Allan ruled a voicemail Allender recorded to the victims that made reference to Jews could be admitted as evidence, saying it showed context and motive for the crime. Allender’s general online statements about Jews will be excluded as irrelevant, she said, as will anti-Semitic remarks Allender allegedly made to an investigating deputy.
Chelan County sheriff’s deputies and police from other agencies approached Allender’s house May 29 in an armored vehicle and flushed Allender and his partner from the house with pepper spray. They said they used the siege tactics in part because Allender had expressed fierce anti-government leanings online.
The case is scheduled for trial Thursday.