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Hate crime charges for MLK-day bomb suspect Kevin Harpham

Hate crime charges for MLK-day bomb suspect Kevin Harpham
Kevin Harpham CBS/KREM

(CBS/KREM/AP) SPOKANE, Wash. - Kevin Harpham, the man accused of placing a bomb along the route of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in downtown Spokane, is now facing federal hate crime charges.

CBS affiliate KREM reports that Harpham, 36, is named in a new indictment issued Thursday by a grand jury in Spokane, which adds two hate crime counts to earlier charges filed against him.

He is now accused of violating the federal Hate Crimes Act and of attempting to use an explosive device in connection with a hate crime.

Harpham earlier pleaded not guilty to federal charges of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and unauthorized possession of an unregistered explosive device. Public defender Roger Peven says he hasn't seen the new indictment.

The bomb was found and disabled in Spokane on Jan. 17 before it could explode.

According to KREM, it is unknown when Harpham will make his next court appearance.

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