Texas paramedic to plead not guilty to pipe bomb charge

May 15, 2013 22:28


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WACO, Texas - A Texas paramedic who responded to a fertilizer plant explosion last month will plead not guilty to possessing pipe bomb components, after agreeing on Wednesday to defer his detention hearing, federal prosecutors said.

A hearing for Bryce Reed that was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Waco has been canceled, Daryl Fields, a public affairs officer for the US Attorney's Office in the Western District of Texas, said in a statement.

Reed, 31, faces one count of unlawfully possessing an unregistered destructive device. He was indicted by a federal grand jury in Waco on Tuesday, Fields said.

Texas officials have said no evidence linked Reed's arrest to the plant disaster.

Lawyers for the prosecution and defense agreed on Wednesday morning that Reed would defer his right to a detention hearing, waive his arraignment, enter a not guilty plea and remain in federal custody, Fields said.

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