Harpham Indicted On Two Counts - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

MLK Parade Bomb Case Suspect Due In Court

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A Washington man indicted on charges of placing a bomb along the planned route of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Spokane will be arraigned in federal court. Kevin Harpham is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno today to enter a plea.

He was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on charges of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and unauthorized possession of an unregistered explosive device.

Harpham is from Addy, a town north of Spokane, and has extensive ties to white supremacist groups.

The bomb was found the morning of the parade on Jan. 17 and disabled before it could explode. 

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SPOKANE, Wash. - A grand jury has indicted MLK Parade Bomb suspect Kevin Harpham with Attempted Use Of A Weapon of Mass Destruction and Possession of an Unregistered Explosive Device.

Three workers found the bomb backpack along the parade route where thousands of people were set to march in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. in January.

In the most detailed account yet of what was inside that backpack, KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes learned a metal pipe was welded to a base and placed in a plywood box. The device also held a white PVC pipe containing a plastic bag of explosive. 

Authorities say device also contained lead fishing weights, which were intended to be shrapnel, projectiles thrown into the air when the device exploded.

Those weights were covered in a green substance later determined to be a common ingredient in rat poison. Sources differ on the effect the poison would have had.

Rat poison has been used to inflict mass casualties during suicide bombings in the Middle East.  It is an anti-coagulant which inhibits the body's ability to clot blood.

Some authorities believe the rat poison would have been destroyed and neutralized if it exploded in the device found in downtown Spokane.

The bomb was wired with a car alarm, which could have been used to trigger the bomb by remote control. Authorities are still looking for the remote control.

The FBI called the backpack an act of domestic terrorism and said solving the case was their highest priority.

A Stevens County man was arrested on March 9th in connection to the case. 

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