Survivor Of Texas Bomb Making Operation Pleads Not Guilty; A man that was accused of running a bomb factory that accidentally exploded and killed an alleged co-conspirator
(NTARC) A man accused of running a bomb factory that accidentally exploded and killed an alleged co-conspirator pleaded not guilty in federal court today to three bomb making charges.
Curtis Lee Jetton, 22, of La Marque, entered his plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Froeschner, who scheduled Jetton’s trial for Dec. 17.
And here’s where it gets interesting…
Apparently Jetton belongs to an anarchist group calling itself Desert Glass Underground of which little is known about.
He is accussed of playing around with one of the most lethel and dangerous explosives around… TATP
oh…and now he is free on a $10,000 unsecured personal appearance bond.
We’re sure the neighbors are thrilled.
The indictment issued three weeks ago by a Houston grand jury accuses Jetton of belonging to an anarchist group, the Glass Desert Underground, but does not say who or what the group was targeting.
The 22-year-old faces counts of conspiring to make and possess unregistered destructive devices, possessing an unregistered destructive device and unlawful storage of the explosive material triacetone triperoxide, or TATP.
Officials have said Rugo was studying biochemistry at a community college in Texas City and the apartment was leased in his mother’s name.
The indictment against Jetton, of La Marque, was returned two weeks ago, part of a winding series of legal actions since the explosion.
Two days after the blast, prosecutors filed a criminal complaint against Jetton, but one month later the government asked to have the case dismissed in order to investigate further.
In April, prosecutors filed a criminal information, which is not based on a grand jury indictment. In May, Jetton backed out of a deal to plead guilty.
The indictment accuses Jetton of conspiring with Rugo to build bombs using TATP. The duo learned about the material on the Internet. Jetton allegedly provided metal shavings from his work to use in an explosive mix that they placed in pipes, beer bottles and sandwich bags. The makeshift bombs were detonated in fields and under vehicles, the indictment says.
After the deadly blast, authorities evacuated the 304-unit complex and detonated homemade explosives inside Rugo’s apartment. FBI officials said at the time that they were forced to detonate the material inside the apartment because it was too unstable to move.
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