Judge refuses to toss out charges in Wichita suicide bomb plot case

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A judge has once again refused to dismiss charges against a man accused of a suicide bomb plot at a Wichita airport just because the explosives used in the undercover sting were fake.

Terry Loewen was arrested in December 2013 when the former avionics technician allegedly tried to bring a van filled with inert explosives onto the tarmac at Mid-Continent Airport. He is charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to use an explosive device to damage property and attempting to give material support to al-Qaida

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot on Thursday denied a motion to reconsider his decision refusing to toss out the bomb-related charges.

Defense attorneys argued that because the explosives were inert their client could not have committed the crimes. Belot disagreed.

 

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