Summarized by Kent Larsen
Man Accused of Bombing LDS Chapels in Las Vegas May Be Released
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- Just four months after he was put in a federal mental
hospital after pleading not guilty by reason of insanity, James Carbullido's
lawyers are asking for his release, claiming that he is not mentally ill.
Carbullido was accused of making nine crude bombs andof trying to ignite
them at LDS chapels around Las Vegas. His attorneys now say he wasn't
mentally ill at all, just addicted to methamphetamine.
Carbullido allegedly ignited his bombs over a year-long period starting in
June 1998. Police eventually determined that he was behind the bombings
after he put up Post-it notes around downtown Las Vegas, including in an
elevator in the Clark County Courthouse, referring to the bombings and
saying "We need to talk about Mormons."
He was then ruled insane after he told investigators that he had bombed LDS
Churches because "they conspired against him and had planted an electronic
device in his brain in an effort to control his mind and body." He also told
investigators that he had heard voices in his head for 10 years.
At a hearing last fall, two defense experts and a government expert all
diagnosed Carbullido as a paranoid schizophrenic, leading to his plea of not
guilty by reason of insanity in March. Now doctors say he only had a severe
addiction to methamphetamine, causing delusions. Without the drug, they say
that Carbullido is healthy.
Man in failed Mormon church bombings up for release
Las Vegas NV Sun 25Jul00 N1