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Last Camp Minden defendant agrees he owes US $149,000

Jun. 15, 2018 7:29 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The last defendant pleaded guilty to conspiracy and agreed that he owes the federal government $149,000 in a case involving a huge explosion at a Louisiana National Guard-owned site. William Terry Wright's plea agreement was described in news release Friday from the U.S. attorney's...

Camp Minden explosives: Lawyer expects guilty plea

Jun. 13, 2018 6:04 PM EDT

The last defendant in a case involving a huge explosion at Louisiana National Guard-owned site is expected to plead guilty, his attorney said Wednesday. William Terry Wright has a change-of-plea hearing Thursday at 3 p.m. CDT, according to U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote's electronic docket. "About all I...

The Latest: Last Camp Minden defendant to plead guilty

Jun. 13, 2018 6:03 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on change-of-plea hearing in case involving explosion at Louisiana National Guard facility (all times local): 4:30 p.m. The lawyer for the last defendant in a case involving a huge explosion at Louisiana National Guard-owned site says he expects his client to plead guilty....

Camp Minden explosives: Last defendant's trial now Jan. 7

Jun. 12, 2018 7:02 PM EDT

The last defendant's trial has been postponed in a case involving a huge explosion at a site leased from the Louisiana National Guard. William Terry Wright is now scheduled for trial Jan. 7, U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote's office said Tuesday. Reasons for the second postponement in a week were not...

Camp Minden explosives: plea change for 1 of 2 defendants

Jun. 8, 2018 3:09 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A change-of-plea hearing has been set for one of two remaining defendants in a case involving a huge explosion at a site leased from the Louisiana National Guard. While five other defendants were indicted on about 30 charges, Charles Ferris Callihan faced two: conspiracy and making a...

Camp Minden explosives: Defendant dies, trial delayed for 2

Jun. 4, 2018 2:32 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Tennessee man died two days before his scheduled trial in a case involving an industrial explosion at a site leased from the Louisiana National Guard. Trial for two remaining defendants has been postponed a week. Explo Systems co-owner David Fincher of Burns, Tennessee, died...

2012 Camp Minden explosion: 3rd defendant pleads guilty

May. 14, 2018 6:38 PM EDT

A third defendant pleaded guilty Monday in a case involving an industrial explosion at a site leased from the Louisiana National Guard, and agreed to repay $149,000 to the federal government. Kenneth Lampkin was program manager for Explo Systems LLC, which abandoned 7,800 tons (7,100 metric tons) of potentially...

Change of plea hearing set for third Camp Minden defendant

May. 10, 2018 12:07 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A change of plea hearing is scheduled Monday for a third defendant in a case involving an industrial explosion at a site leased from the Louisiana National Guard. Kenneth Lampkin was program manager at Explo Systems, which abandoned 7,800 tons (7,100 metric tons) of potentially...

Camp Minden case plea bargain recommends $93,000 restitution

Apr. 26, 2018 5:02 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The inventory control officer for a one-time contractor would repay about 1 percent of the $8.7 million cost of an Army contract to take apart charges of M6 artillery propellant in Louisiana, under a plea agreement reached this week. If the judge agrees to recommendations from...