The man charged with blowing up the Arkansas State Medical Board chairman's car
in West Memphis is in court ahead of his July trial. Randeep Mann is charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and possessing illegal guns.
Attorneys ironed out details in the final hearing for Randeep Mann before his trial begins. Mann is charged with using a weapon of mass destruction
to help blow up the vehicle of ASMB chairman Dr. Trent Pierce in February 2009.
The federal indictment also includes machine guns seized from his London, Arkansas home one month later and 98 illegal grenades found near his home
In federal court Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Brian Miller told the attorneys he expects the trial to last a month.
Then the government, represented by assistant U.S. attorney Michael Gordon made specific requests, including bringing grenades into the courtroom. Mann’s defense attorneys objected saying it would only serve to frighten jurors. Judge Miller denied the request saying he couldn't risk having a live grenade inside a federal courthouse.
But some weapons will be in court. The government intends to show jurors the one-hundred plus machine guns Mann owns as foundation that he knew what he was doing when he acquired the two illegal weapons that are part of the federal indictment.
The judge did allow those weapons into trial over the objection of Mann's attorney Blake Hendrix
"It has nothing to do with anything other than trying to scare people," Hendrix says.
Mann has remained in custody since his arrest on weapons violations in March of 2009. And the government at this point has said virtually nothing about how they believe Mann is connected to the bombing of Trent Pierce.