Federal Judge Delays Trial For Accused Backpack Bomber - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Federal Judge Delays Trial For Accused Backpack Bomber

SPOKANE, Wash. – A federal judge has delayed a criminal trial for Kevin Harpham, the man accused of leaving a bomb inside a backpack along the Martin Luther King, Jr. UNITY March in Spokane.

Three city workers found the device and alerted authorities before it could explode on January 17th.

Defense attorneys asked for extra time to review potential evidence and file motions designed to challenge the qualifications and conclusions of government experts.

"They (the government) have been working on this case since January, and we have had this case since the middle of March," defense attorney Kimberly Deater told a federal judge.

The trial was scheduled to begin on May 31, but U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush continued the matter to August 22.

He admonished the attorneys that, "this is the final continuance I'm going to grant in this case."

Government experts are still preparing lab reports. An assistant US Attorney told the court they plan to finish sharing their final reports and evidence with defense attorneys by next week.

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.

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