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Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2003 9:23 pm | Updated: 2:19 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Federal prosecutors will ask a judge today to keep former Meat Puppets bassist Cris Kirkwood locked up until his trial on a charge of aggravated assault.

Kirkwood, 43, is accused of hitting a federal security guard in the head Friday with a baton that Kirkwood took from him during a struggle at a downtown Phoenix post office.

The guard then shot Kirkwood in the back, according to court documents. U.S. Magistrate Judge Virginia Mathis set a hearing for today to determine if enough evidence exists to move the case to trial. If she makes that finding, a hearing will be held to decide if Kirkwood should be released pending trial.

“Our position is Mr. Kirkwood should be detained, this is a violent crime,” said assistant U.S. attorney Kurt Altman.

Kirkwood attended a brief court proceeding Tuesday in a wheelchair and hospital gown that exposed his back.

His hair was disheveled and he squinted and grimaced often as he waited for his case to be called.

Kirkwood is serving a four-year probation in Maricopa County for a drug conviction in 2000. The Meat Puppets was a Valley-based band that earned a gold record for its 1994 release, “Too High to Die.”

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