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FIRST ON KHQ: White Supremacist Arrested In MLK Backpack Bomb Case

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Courtroom sketch drawing of the suspect in court on Wed. Courtroom sketch drawing of the suspect in court on Wed.
Courtroom sketch drawing of the suspect in court on Wed. Courtroom sketch drawing of the suspect in court on Wed.
© Photo from the area where the MLK bomb arrest was made © Photo from the area where the MLK bomb arrest was made
© Photo from the area where the MLK bomb arrest was made © Photo from the area where the MLK bomb arrest was made

>>UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as 36-year-old Kevin Harpham of Addy, Washington. Harpham waived his bail hearing on Wednesday after he was arrested. The judge set a new date for March 23rd.

SPOKANE, Wash. - On Wednesday afternoon Kevin Harpham walked into court wearing blue jeans and a dark grey sweatshirt with a Wells Fargo logo.

He appeared calm and respectful to the judge and officials. Harpham is facing Attempted Use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction which carries a maximum penalty of life  in prison,  a $250,000 fine and up to 5-years court supervision after release.

The second charge is Possession of an Unregistered Explosive Device which carries a maximum penalty of 10-years in prison among other fines.

Harpham waived his bail hearing and is expected to appear in court again on March 23rd. Harpham will be appointed a federal defender.

REPORTED EARLIER:

SPOKANE, Wash. – Federal authorities have arrested at least one person allegedly connected to a backpack bomb found during a Martin Luther King parade in January. Federal agents called the backpack bomb an act of "domestic terrorism" and their agency's highest priority in the Spokane area.

Viewers in Stevens County told KHQ at least nine FBI vehicles sped towards a house near Highway 395 south of Colville. At least two counter-assault vehicles were also at the house, according to the viewer.

City workers found a suspicious backpack along a parade route on Martin Luther King day where thousands of people were scheduled to march.

Authorities later determined the backpack contained a bomb at least one agent described as, "the most sophisticated" he had ever seen.


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