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Local News in Brief : Countywide : Bail Denied Wealthy Man in Fatal Bombing

Multimillionaire Hollywood-area real estate dealer William Ross was denied bail for the third time Wednesday on charges that he arranged a fatal 1980 mail bombing directed at a business foe.

Ross was indicted in the case along with two one-time Jewish Defense League associates, Rochelle and Robert Manning, whom federal authorities have named as suspects in the 1985 fatal bombing of Arab rights activist Alex Odeh of Santa Ana. The trio are charged in the death of Patricia Wilkerson, a secretary at a Manhattan Beach computer firm. The package containing the bomb was addressed to a woman with whom Ross was embroiled in a business dispute.

In a Los Angeles hearing Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Dickran Tevrizian found Ross to be a flight risk and ordered him held for a Nov. 1 trial.

Rochelle Manning is also in custody; her husband is a fugitive in Israel.

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