A Leavenworth police officer and bomb technician testified Wednesday he removed a pipe bomb from a television inside a 20-year-old Lawrence man’s residence early on July 8.
Officer Joe Tavano said at a preliminary hearing for Dakota Jackson Kunkle that he wore a suit and entered the residence in the 700 block of West 25th Street that had been evacuated. Lawrence police had called the Leavenworth bomb squad after they were investigating a report of gunfire in the area.
After Wednesday’s hearing, District Judge Michael Malone ordered Kunkle to stand trial on Oct. 9 on one count of criminal use of an explosive. Prosecutor Kathleen Britton, an assistant Douglas County district attorney, said Kunkle put Tavano at risk when the officer had to go inside the residence to defuse the device.
Defense attorney Craig Stancliffe indicated before the trial that he planned to argue the law was unconstitutionally vague in how it defines a commercial explosive. Stancliffe also said Kunkle had placed the device inside the TV as a hobby and planned to detonate it in the country.
“There is nothing to indicate he had terrorist intent or that he was planning on hurting anybody,” Stancliffe said.
But Britton said Kunkle told Lawrence police he had planned to detonate the device in a creek bed behind Dillons, 1015 W. 23rd St.
Prosecutors last week dropped a second count for an alleged incident that occurred July 4, 2011.