New Details: Suspect in Coeur d' Alene Pipe Bomb Case Captured - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

New Details: Suspect in Coeur d' Alene Pipe Bomb Case Captured

(Photo of Larry Fairfax; Courtesy the Spokesman Review) (Photo of Larry Fairfax; Courtesy the Spokesman Review)
(Photo of Edgar Steele Courtesy the Spokesman Review) (Photo of Edgar Steele Courtesy the Spokesman Review)
(Device found underneath Steele's car) (Device found underneath Steele's car)

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A suspected second contract killer has been arrested in a murder-for-hire plot linked by authorities to the former Aryan Nations lawyer.

Larry Andrew Fairfax was taken into custody Tuesday night in Coeur d'Alene and is suspected of planting the pipe bomb that was found on Cyndi Steele's SUV earlier, according to U.S. District Court documents filed Wednesday. Fairfax allegedly had been hired by the intended victim's husband, Sagle attorney Edgar Steele, to plant the bomb, which was discovered during an oil change.

The suspect reportedly is cooperating with investigators and claimed in interviews that although he had planted the bomb, he had manipulated the fuse to malfunction. The bomb reportedly was planted May 30 because Cyndi Steele was planning to drive to Oregon to visit her mother the following day, and Edgar Steele wanted it to detonate and cause a fatal crash, according to the documents.

A second pipe bomb was confiscated by police that Fairfax claimed that he was supposed to plant on Edgar Steele's vehicle, and which Edgar Steele would be able to detonate on his own car to provide an alibi in which it would appear that he and his wife had been targeted, the documents say.

Fairfax, also from Sagle, is facing federal charges of making and possessing bombs.

He is the second suspected contract killer allegedly hired by Edgar Steele to kill his wife. Last week, a man described only as a longtime acquaintance of Edgar Steele told federal agents he'd been recruited to kill Cyndi Steele and her mother but instead wore an FBI recorder during subsequent conversations with Edgar Steele about the alleged scheme.

Edgar Steele unsuccessfully represented the Aryan Nations, and its founder Richard Butler, in the landmark 2000 lawsuit that bankrupted the white supremacist organization. His law practice specializes in representing supremacist groups and others with what he describes as "politically incorrect" views.

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