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August 21, 2002 | From Associated Press
The attorney for Luke Helder, accused of planting pipe bombs in mailboxes in five states, will argue that the former college student was unable to discern right from wrong during a crime spree in May. Assistant U.S. Public Defender Jane Kelly said in papers filed in U.S. District Court that she will argue the insanity plea at the trial, which is scheduled for Nov. 18. But Kelly's defense strategy and other complications likely will push back the trial date.
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August 21, 2002 | From Associated Press
The attorney for Luke Helder, accused of planting pipe bombs in mailboxes in five states, will argue that the former college student was unable to discern right from wrong during a crime spree in May. Assistant U.S. Public Defender Jane Kelly said in papers filed in U.S. District Court that she will argue the insanity plea at the trial, which is scheduled for Nov. 18. But Kelly's defense strategy and other complications likely will push back the trial date.
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June 8, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
The college student accused of planting pipe bombs in Iowa and four other states pleaded not guilty in a federal court in Cedar Rapids. Luke Helder, 21, was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury. He is charged with using a pipe bomb to destroy a mailbox and using a bomb in a crime of violence, which could bring a sentence of life in prison. Helder is accused of planting 18 bombs in mailboxes in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Colorado and Texas.
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November 11, 2003 | Eric Malnic and Lee Romney, Times Staff Writers
At least two suspects have been identified and arrests are expected soon in five Solano County mailbox pipe-bomb explosions this month, the Solano County Sheriff's Department said Monday. Three unexploded pipe bombs have been found since Nov. 1 on rural roads near homes, said Keith Bloomfield, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Department. He said no one was injured by any of the bombs.
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May 9, 2002 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
College student Luke John Helder confessed that he is the mailbox pipe bomber, traveling so fast on his interstate crime spree that he was stopped twice for speeding, authorities said Wednesday. Helder, 21, was arrested Tuesday after his father, Cameron Helder, alerted the FBI that his son was a likely suspect. Cameron Helder turned over letters from his son about explosions and death, and said Luke told him in a phone call, "I may have to blow myself away."
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May 15, 2002 | From Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA --There is no evidence that a bomb found in a Postal Service mailbox was related to Middle Eastern terrorists, despite a note on the parcel that read "Free Palestine now," authorities said Tuesday. "No terrorist group has owned up to it. There is no indication at this point that it was terrorist related," said John Sinnen, assistant special agent in charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Philadelphia.
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May 11, 2002 | From Associated Press
Luke J. Helder appeared in an Iowa court Friday night to face the first of several charges that could send him to prison for life for allegedly blowing up mailboxes in the Midwest with pipe bombs. The 21-year-old college student did not speak during the 10-minute hearing, but he nodded as U.S. Magistrate John Jarvey read the criminal complaint against him. He was ordered held in the Linn County Jail without bail.
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May 10, 2002 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Accused pipe bomber Luke J. Helder may have had a strategy in his selection of mailboxes, if his remarks to a sheriff's deputy shortly after his arrest are to be taken seriously. Helder said his choice of targets, when plotted on a map, would depict a "smiley face," the ubiquitous symbol of happiness popularized during the 1970s. Helder, who is due in U.S.
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