UPDATE: No Bond Reduction for Man Accused in Weirton Explosives Case
A judge has refused to reduce the bond for a man accused in relation to explosive devices being found planted around the Weirton city building earlier this month.
David Jared Patterson, 23, accused of three counts of criminal use of an explosive device, appeared in court on Friday morning where his attorney asked that his bond be reduced from $150,000 to $10-$20,000. The state opposed the reduction, and the judge in the case agreed.
The investigation began when, according to Weirton Police Chief Bruce Marshall, chemical explosive devices were found at several locations around the city building and under a police cruiser earlier this month. Police arrived on the scene and defused the devices.
Patterson's preliminary hearing has been set for Friday, May 30 at 10:30 a.m.