|Updated: 7/22/2010 8:54 am
||Published: 7/21/2010 12:59 pm
A close family friend of a doctor accused of planning a bombing told jurors Wednesday that Randeep Mann was "not pleased" with the state medical board and that "he said he wished he could kill those mother*******."
Gerald Riley, a personal trainer from Russellville, is the latest prosecution witness in the government's case against Mann for masterminding the bombing of state medical board chairman Trent Pierce.
Riley says on numerous occasions Mann confided in him his displeasure with the board, but not with any individual in particular.
"He said he was being singled out, because he was a minority, not American," Riley told jurors.
Assitant U.S. attorney Michael Gordon asked Riley if Mann said anything about the February 2009 bombing after it happened.
"He said maybe the bombing was to do what it did do, which was make the individual suffer," Riley said. "He said exactly, 'they should experience suffering like I'm suffering'."
Riley also told jurors he went to a gun show with Mann and his wife Sangeeta in October 2008 where they purchased several green ammunition tins. Prosecutors say one of those tins found buried near Mann's home contained 98 grenades, all of them unregistered and illegal for civilians to possess.
The federal trial against Mann is in it's third week. His wife Sangeeta Mann, also faces charges of obstruction and concealing documents.