MLK Bomb Suspect Makes Court Appearance

Kevin Harpham, the man arrested early Wednesday morning by the FBI near his Stevens County home, made his first appearance in federal court on charges that he attempted to use a weapon of mass destruction in downtown Spokane on Jan. 17.

Harpham, wearing a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans and hiking boots, came into the courtroom shackled at the ankles and wrists, smiled and joked with his court-appointed attorney, federal public defender Roger Peven, before the hearing.

Once the hearing got underway his demeanor changed, appearing nervous and biting his lip, according to
KXLY4 Reporter Annie Bishop
, who was in the courtroom for the 10-minute hearing.

Standing before the court, he acknowledged he understood the charges he’s facing: One count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and a count of possessing an unregistered improvised explosive device. During the hearing the defense also waived a bail hearing.

He will now be held at the Spokane County Jail under the watch of the U.S. Marshals Service.

A Grand Jury will meet on March 22 to decide if there?s enough evidence to indict him. If they find there?s evidence to indict, Harpham will be arraigned on March 23.

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