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Father Of Bomb Suspect: 'I’m Just So Glad I Don’t Have To Lie For Him'

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KETTLE FALLS, Wash. – Bill Harpham describes having a stroke as one of the best things that has ever happened to him. He says spending days in the hospital and months working on rehabilitation is worth it because it gives his son Kevin an alibi from allegations that Kevin left a backpack bomb in Spokane.

Three city workers found a backpack with protruding wires in the area thousands of people were set to march in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King in January.

Bill Harpham says he and his son Kevin were at home in Kettle Falls making lunch when they watched newscasts detailing this discovery of an explosive device.

"Kevin was making me hamburgers and French beans," Bill told KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes.

Bill Harpham said he required constant care after a stroke in November and his son Kevin stayed with him until the end of January. He showed Gomes the area Kevin slept and walked him around the property Kevin helped tend for months.

"He fed the cows, brought the wood in and he got a fire going," according to Bill. "He even helped me get dressed every day."

Bill says his son Kevin never left the home for more than 60 minutes to check on his own property or tend to the yard. The drive to Spokane is more than 90 minutes each way, so Bill says it is impossible Kevin planted a device downtown.

"I'm just so glad I don't have to lie for him," he said.

Kevin Harpham was arrested last Wednesday by federal agents after weeks of testing on the device which did not detonate. The government's case against Harpham remains sealed in court documents, but authorities say DNA evidence played a role in their investigation.

Bill concedes his son recently read at least one book regarding explosive material, but he is skeptical to suggestions that his son was capable of building a bomb or wanted to hurt anyone.

"I refer to him (Kevin) as a wannabe," he said. "He wanted people to think he was a racist, but I wanted his conduct and he just couldn't be. He just didn't know how to be a racist."

Bill Harpham has offered to take a lie detector test and said defense attorneys are in the process of arranging one.

Kevin Harpham remains in jail. Federal authorities are seeking at least two indictments against him when the grand jury meets in Spokane on March 22.

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.

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