MLK parade bomber suspect pleads not guilty

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on April 25, 2011 at 2:27 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The man charged with planting a bomb along the route of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Spokane is pleading not guilty to the four charges against him, including a hate crimes charge.

Kevin Harpham entered the pleas Monday before U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno. He remains without bail in the Spokane County Jail.

Harpham, who has extensive ties to white supremacist groups, faces up to life in prison on two of the charges. One charge also carries a 30-year minimum sentence.

He earlier pleaded not guilty to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and unauthorized possession of an unregistered explosive device. A grand jury has since added a hate crime charge and a charge of using a weapon in a crime of violence. The bomb was found on Jan. 17 and disabled before it could explode.

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