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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A magistrate has ordered a California man accused of shooting a U.S. diplomat in Mexico to remain jailed pending trial.

The ruling came Friday at a preliminary hearing in federal court in Alexandria for 31-year-old Zia Zafar of Chino Hills, California.

He’s charged with attempted murder of a diplomat in the Jan. 6 shooting of consular officer Christopher Ashcraft in Guadalajara. Part of the shooting was captured on surveillance video, including footage of a man taking aim and firing at Ashcraft as he was exiting a parking garage.

So far, prosecutors have offered no motive for the shooting.

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Zafar faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Zafar’s public defender did not contest Zafar’s continued detention at Friday’s hearing but said she may seek bond at a later date.