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Prosecutor argues Danton flight risk if released

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- St. Louis Blues forward Mike Danton
was "too cowardly" to kill his agent himself, instead enlisting
the help of a teenage fan and lover before the scheme unraveled, a
prosecutor alleges.

In a sharply worded brief seeking to keep Danton behind bars,
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Clark also expressed concern that
Danton, if freed, could continue seeking to have agent David Frost
killed.

"His attempts to have Frost murdered on prior occasions
evidence an ebb and flow of desire," Clark wrote. "If he is
released, it is possible that he will again attempt to have Frost
murdered, apparently depending on how his relationship with Frost
fares in the future."

Danton's attorney, Bob Haar, did not return messages Thursday.

A federal judge could decide during a hearing Friday whether
Danton gets released on bond pending trial. Danton has been jailed
since his arrest April 16.

Clark called Danton's flight risk "substantial," saying the
athlete presumably has the cash to easily slip into his native
Canada.

Danton is accused of conspiring with 19-year-old Katie Wolfmeyer
to arrange a hit April 14 at Danton's apartment in Brentwood, Mo.
Authorities say the man they tried to hire to kill Frost went to
Columbia, Ill., police, who informed the FBI.

"Too cowardly to commit the murder himself, Danton enlisted the
help of a teenager to arrange the murder," Clark wrote, describing
Wolfmeyer as a "fan and occasional lover of Danton."

Danton and Wolfmeyer have pleaded innocent.

The FBI says Danton was concerned that his intended target
planned to go to the Blues with information that could damage his
career. Frost has said he urged Danton to get help for his use of
painkillers and sleeping pills and his erratic behavior.