Harpham's Booking Photos Released - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Harpham's Booking Photos Released

SPOKANE, Wash. - Authorities have responded to a public records request from KHQ-TV by releasing two booking photos of Kevin Harpham, the man accused of leaving a backpack bomb near a parade to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. in January.

Federal authorities had previously blocked the release citing the ongoing investigation and Harpham's constitutional right to a fair trial.

Attorneys for KHQ-TV and the Spokesman-Review newspaper researched case law and asked federal authorities to release the photos.

The pictures were taken shortly after Harpham's arrest near his Stevens County home on March 9.  Federal rules ban cameras from courtrooms, so the pictures give the public their first look at the man accused of leaving a pipe bomb inside a backpack at the MLK Unity March.

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

A federal judge set a trial date of May 31 for Harpham.

Documents detailing why authorities arrested Harpham and sought the indictment remain sealed in a court file, despite objections from multiple media outlets.

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.

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