What evidence prosecutors have lined up against alleged white supremacist and would-be Spokane bomber Kevin Harpham, they're not saying. But whatever it is, it was apparently enough to convince a grand jury to add two new federal hate-crime charges to the list.
The Seattle Timesreported Thursday evening that a new four-count indictment was released for Harpham that adds charges of violating the Hate Crimes Act and of attempting to use an explosive device in connection with a hate crime. These are added to the charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and knowingly possessing an improvised explosive device, which he pleaded not guilty to previously.
The bomb left on the MLK Day parade route in Spokane was sophisticated and deadly.
As most now know, Harpham is suspected of leaving a poison-coated, shrapnel-filled bomb in a backpack along a MLK Day parade route in Spokane back in January.
He's said to have ties to the white-separatist group the National Alliance, and was arrested on his property in Addy, about 55 miles northwest of Spokane, where his father has said he talked frequently with racist groups, but denied that he was a violent person.
Though the indictment remains sealed and specific evidence has not been officially disclosed, the Times cites anonymous sources that say items used in the bomb, like a car starter, were linked back to Harpham, and that his DNA was found on the bomb.
Of course, Harpham was already facing possible life in prison if he was convicted of the state charges. The federal rap is just icing on the shit-flavored cake that he may soon be eating.