A Tennessee pastor involved in a trademark dispute with the Seventh-day Adventist Church of North America will serve the rest of his 30-day jail sentence in San Bernardino County, federal officials said Thursday.
Walter Ogden McGill, 66, was arrested on a federal contempt of court warrant about 8 p.m. Friday July 13 in Loma Linda by U.S. Marshals based in Los Angeles.
At a hearing Wednesday in Riverside, "McGill was remanded to the custody of the US Marshals to serve 30 days in custody, as per the district court's contempt order," Department of Justice spokesman Thom Mrozek said in an email.
McGill will serve the remainder of his time in San Bernardino County, Deputy U.S. Marshal Laura Vega said in a phone interview.
He was being held Thursday at Central Detention Center in San Bernardino and he was ineligible for bail, according to county inmate records.
McGill and the are involved in a trademark infringement dispute, according to court records. McGill is founder of in Guys, Tenn., and the dispute is over use of the name "Seventh-day Adventist."
He was arrested Friday on the grounds of the Loma Linda University Seventh-day Adventist Church, according to the sheriff's department.
Approximately 6,500 members of the Loma Linda University Seventh-day Adventist Church comprise the largest Adventist congregation in North America, according to the church's website.
A pdf copy of the warrant for McGill's arrest is attached to this report.