Defense Attorneys: Delay Backpack Bomb Trial - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Defense Attorneys: Delay Backpack Bomb Trial

SPOKANE, Wash. – Defense Attorneys for the man accused of leaving a backpack bomb in downtown Spokane are asking a judge to delay his trial.

Attorneys for Kevin Harpham are asking to delay the trial by approximately 120 days.

A motion filed Monday says that, "given the severity of the potential punishment to which Mr. Harpham is exposed along with the exceptional volume of discovery, the defense cannot be prepared to effectively represent him at trial within the next 4 weeks."

Harpham was arrested outside his home in Stevens County two months ago and indicted in March. A grand jury added two additional counts last month related to a bomb found near a parade celebrating Martin Luther King day.

Two of the criminal charges carry potential life sentences, and defense attorneys are asking for extra time to prepare their case.

The motion says defense attorneys have received approximately 3500 pages of potential evidence and 13 CDs from the government.

Assistant US Attorney Tom Rice said the government does not object to the motion.

A federal judge will ultimately decide whether or not to delay the trial. The motion to push back the trial will be heard on May 20, less than two weeks before Harpham's trial is currently scheduled to begin.

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.

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