Summarized by Kent Larsen
Prosecutors Enter New Charges Against Mormon Church Bomber
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- Uncomfortable with the release of James Carbullido, the
man accused of trying to bomb nine LDS chapels in Las Vegas, federal
prosecutors have filed a new charge of arson against him, just hours after a
federal judge ordered his release on Monday. After arraignment on Tuesday, a
judge released Carbullido on his own recognizance, rejecting arguments from
Police that he is still dangerous.
Carbullido is accused in connection with a series of nine homemade bombs
that he attempted to ignite at LDS chapels around Las Vegas, starting in
1998. Only two of the bombs actually ignited, causing minor damage. As a
trial in March, Carbullido was ruled not guilty by reason of insanity and
committed to a federal mental health facility in New York. But doctors there
discovered that he was not insane, just severely addicted to
methamphetamine, which displayed similar symptoms to paranoid schizophrenia.
The situation led US District Judge David Hagen to release Carbullido on
Monday with some restrictions and random drug tests.
But Assistant US Attorney Thomas O'Connell was disturbed that Carbullido
hadn't been punished for the crime, and filed the new arson charge immediately.
Failed church bomber charged again
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By Greg Tuttle: Las Vegas Sun