The Associated Press
A federal judge has set an October trial date for one of two men arrested after authorities found a bomb in a car at a state prison in Leakesville.
Scott Jenkins Waits, of McHenry and John Harberson, of Carriere, were arrested after officers at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution found a pipe bomb in a vehicle June 1.
A federal judge recently scheduled Waits trial for Oct. 7. He has pleaded not guilty.
Harberson is scheduled to plead guilty Wednesday.
Authorities say Harberson had driven a woman to the prison to visit an inmate.
Harberson told agents he and Waits had built the pipe bombs from aluminum flashlight bodies, shotgun shells, black powder and candle wax. He said he forgot it was in the car.
The woman was charged in state court.
Corrections officials have said they don’t think the bomb was intended to be used at the prison.
MDOC says a trained dog found the bomb. A search also found a machete, two knives, and tobacco in the car.
After interviewing Harberson, federal agents arrested Waits and searched his home. They allegedly found bomb-making materials including aluminum flashlight bodies, smokeless explosive powder, shotgun shell casings, candles and tape that all appeared to be the same as those used in making the pipe bomb.
U.S. Magistrate John Roper ordered Waits held without bond Tuesday, citing Waits’ positive drug tests for marijuana and methamphetamine, the four guns and bomb-making materials found in his trailer, and lack of a job. Agents allege that Waits is known to make methamphetamine, and Harberson told agents he and Waits had consumed the drug.