Harpham To Change Plea Wednesday
Kevin Harpham, the man suspected of planting a bomb along the Unity March route on Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday in January, is going to change his plea Wednesday morning.
The US Attorney’s Office in Spokane confirmed that there would be a plea change hearing Wednesday at 9 a.m. There’s no further information regarding what charges Harpham would be changing his pleas on.
The news comes in the wake of several setbacks this last month for Harpham’s defense, which lost key rulings on the suppression of evidence found on a camera, computer, and e-mail account and in four cars on his Stevens County property.
His trial on charges of building an improvised explosive device and then planting it along the Unity March route was scheduled to begin September 12 with jury selection. The trial was originally set to start August 22 but was delayed by Judge Justin Quackenbush in order to prevent the start of the trial coinciding with the unveiling of a memorial for Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, DC.
If convicted on the federal charges Harpham was facing life in prison.