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KETTLE FALLS, Wash. – The father of backpack bomb suspect Kevin Harpham has changed his story and now believes his son was at least partially involved in a device discovered in Spokane along the Martin Luther King Unity March in January.

Cecil Harpham had previously said that his son, Kevin Harpham, was home all day on January 17 when three city workers found a backpack containing pipes and wires along the parade route where thousands were going to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. 

"I don't like even thinking about it," Cecil told KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes.  "I think he (Kevin) probably was involved."

Cecil Harpham said authorities from the US Attorney's Office recently showed him video from the MLK rally, which he believes included images of his son.

Cecil said the video showed a man in a brown hat walking by a group of people.

"I realized that was his hat," he said.  "I was sad to find out that he (Kevin) was in Spokane that day."

Pressed as to why he was changing his story about Kevin's alibi and whether he was lying before, Cecil was adamant he was not lying.  Cecil Harpham is adamant he believed Kevin was at home until he saw the video played by government attorneys.

The US Attorney's Office declined to confirm or deny whether such video exists.

Cecil Harpham suffered a stroke in November and Kevin lived with his dad to help with rehabilitation and chores around Cecil's home in Kettle Falls.

The elder Harpham is also adamant his stroke played no role in his memory of what happened January 17. 

He said he now believes his son had several helpers to build the device found in Spokane and thinks his son intended the device as a joke.

Kevin Harpham was arrested on March 9 by federal authorities outside his home south of Colville. 

He was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 22 and again on April 21.  He was arraigned on charges including Attempted Use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction, Possession of and Unregistered Destructive Device, violations of the Hate Crimes Act, and Use of a Firearm in Relation to a Crime of Violence.

His trial is scheduled to begin in August.  

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.

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