An Abbot, Texas man charged with possession of a destructive device has been at the center of the investigation into the cause of the West, Texas fertilizer station in April of this year. 27 year-old Bryce Reed was taken into custody by McLennan County Sheriffs on May 9 and charged the following day.
The man has since been evaluated as part of a six week psychological workup in Fort Worth and remains in police custody. Authorities had found the man to be in possession of a short length of pipe and various chemicals and implements used to make pipe bombs. Reed told authorities he just wanted to try and build a pipebomb to see if he could do it. Reed was on the scene of the tragic blast and is a former West, TX EMT, and was seen lending aid to the injured after the explosion.
The Waco Tribune reports McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna said, “based on the review I have completed thus far, I have seen no evidence linking him to the fire and subsequent explosion. But I still have additional material to review.”
Reed does admit to being in possession of the materials but strongly denies any involvement in the fertilizer depot explosion. Reed is due in Waco's U.S. District Court on August 19 and with state and federal authorities still struggling to connect Reed and the explosion, his attorney is anxious for the Texas resident to have his day in court.
Read our May 14, 2013 article...