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Trial in pipe bomb explosion at post office reset for June

Posted at 1:42 PM, Oct 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-17 13:42:56-04

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - A trial for a man charged in a pipe bomb explosion at a post office in northwestern Indiana has been pushed back until June.

A final pretrial hearing for 46-year-old Eric Krieg is set for May 17, followed by a June 3 jury trial. The delay from a previously scheduled November trial was sought to give his lawyer more time to prepare.

The Munster man has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of knowing possession of a destructive device and transporting explosive materials .

Federal prosecutors allege that Krieg mailed a package at the East Chicago post office that exploded Sept. 6, injuring a postal worker, and also mailed a threatening letter to another individual on Sept. 29, 2017. Krieg has been in federal custody since his arrest in October 2017.