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Kansas Bomb Plot Case Assigned to Judge Monti Belot

Associated Press - December 19, 2013 7:17 pm

A Hutchinson teenager charged as an adult with setting a fire that killed his mother and sister has declined to take a plea deal.

A Hutchinson teenager charged as an adult with setting a fire that killed his mother and sister has declined to take a plea deal.

The case of a Kansas avionics technician accused of plotting to bring a bomb into an airport in Wichita has been assigned to an experienced federal judge known for running a tight courtroom in complex cases.

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot will be overseeing the case of 58-year-old Terry Lee Loewen of Wichita. Trial was set for Feb. 18.

A grand jury indicted Loewen Wednesday for attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, attempted use of an explosive device to damage property and attempted material support to the terrorist group al-Qaida.

Belot presided over the 2011 trial of a man accused of lying about his role in the Rwandan genocide. He also oversaw the 2010 trial of the couple who ran a Haysville clinic linked to 68 overdose deaths.

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