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Archive for Sunday, December 4, 2011

Kansas veteran could have charges dismissed

December 4, 2011

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— A federal judge is considering whether to suppress evidence and dismiss charges against a Kansas veteran accused of illegally possessing incendiary bombs and grenades.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten set a Dec. 15 hearing date for Alfred Dutton, who is charged with possession of unregistered destructive devices.

His attorney has asked the judge to dismiss the charge involving eight grenades for failure to state a crime. Attorney John Henderson argued the inert grenades are not destructive devices, and his client was preparing to sell decorative and inoperable World War II vintage hand grenades on eBay.

The defense also is seeking to suppress search warrants that were obtained based on information provided by his ex-wife’s boyfriend.

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