DA: Suspect Visited 'Bomb-Making Websites'

By Eric S. Page and Tony Shin
|  Friday, Oct 1, 2010  |  Updated 11:17 AM PDT
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DA: Suspect Visited 'Bomb-Making Websites'

At car-bombing suspect Larry Hoagland's arraignment on Thursday, a deputy district attorney alleged that the suspect had recently visited "several bomb making websites."

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At car-bombing suspect Larry Hoagland's arraignment on Thursday, a deputy district attorney alleged that the suspect had recently visited "several bomb making websites."

Police arrested Hoagland, 48, early Tuesday morning, in connection with a pipe bomb explosion that nearly killed his wife, Connie, and shook a Rancho San Diego neighborhood. He was arrested just after midnight on Hope Street in La Mesa, according to police.

Prosecutor Danielle Hickman told Judge Lantz Lewis that a pipe bomb was placed under the dashboard of Connie's truck. She also told the court that the couple had "financial stress" and "relationship issues." Hickman said the victim was severely injured by shrapnel and has undergone several surgeries since the bomb exploded last Thursday afternoon.

Hoagland, who appeared in court via a video feed, entered a plea of not guilty through a public defender. The defendant is charged with felony counts of attempted murder, explosion of a destructive device with intent to murder and explosion of a destructive device causing mayhem or great bodily injury.

In arguing for bail, prosecutors told Lewis that Hoagland has contacts outside California, making him a flight risk. After listening to the attorneys discuss bail -- prosecutors recommended a $5 million bond -- Lewis ordered the defendant held without bail, saying he felt there is a substantial likelihood that Hoagland committed a crime.

In other developments Thursday, Lewis ordered -- at the prosecutor's request -- that Hoagland submit to fingerprinting later in the day.

Hoagland faces a sentence of up to life without the possibility of parole if he is convicted of all charges.

The owner of a San Diego design company is coming to Hoagland's defense.

Bonnie Schwartz has known Hoagland for 15 years and believes he is innocent.

"I just can't imagine the Larry I know doing anything remotely like this,"Schwartz said after the arraignment.

"They (prosecutors) better have an incredibly solid case and incredibly solid evidence,"Schwartz said.
 

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