Mailbox Bomber Trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Look for a delay in the federal trial of suspected mailbox bomber Luke Helder.

His trial in Cedar Rapids is set for April 14, but federal prosecutors expect it will be delayed after a judge reviews the results of Helder's competency exam.

The 21-year-old Wisconsin college student from Pine Island, Minnesota, is accused of planting pipe bombs in mailboxes in five states last May -- Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Colorado and Texas. Six people were hurt.

He was captured near Reno, Nevada, and brought back to Iowa for trial.

Helder's attorney, Jane Kelly, has filed court papers saying she will use the insanity defense.


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