Two of three former Explo officials are expected to be in court Monday on an array of charges related to the 2012 explosion at Camp Minden that rocked the communities for miles around.
David Fincher, 68, will go before 26th Judicial District Judge Mike Nerren for hearings on charges of unlawful storage of explosives, criminal conspiracy to commit unlawful storage of explosives, reckless storage of explosives, criminal conspiracy to commit reckless storage of explosives, failure to obtain magazine license, criminal conspiracy to commit failure to obtain magazine license, failure to properly mark explosive material, criminal conspiracy to commit failure to properly mark explosive material, failure to keep accurate inventory and criminal conspiracy to commit failure to keep accurate inventory.
David Alan Smith, 60, will face Nerren on the same charges.
The remaining defendant, William Terry Wright, 61, will face Nerren on the above charges on Nov. 12, officials with the district attorney’s office say.
Nerren is expected to hear motions from the defense to quash, a bill of particulars, to withdraw and a change of venue.
Smith is represented by H. Lyn Lawrence, Fincher is represented by Ronald Miciotto and Wright is represented by Donald Hathaway.
District Attorney Schuyler Marvin said previously the defense filed the motion for a change of venue because they feels their clients cannot get a fair trial due to the extensive media coverage of their cases.
Three other defendants, Lionel Koons, Todd Dietrich and Michael Kile all pled guilty to misdemeanor charges.
Dietrich pled guilty to reckless handling of explosives. He was fined $1,000 plus court costs, must pay restitution of $1,000 to the Louisiana State Police and was ordered to serve two years active supervised probation. He was sentenced August 23, 2013.
Koons pled guilty to careless handling of explosives. He was fined $1,000 plus $1,000 in restitution to the state police and to serve two years active supervised probation. He was sentenced August 23, 2013.
Kile pled guilty to careless use of explosives. He must pay $1,000 fine plus $1,000 to offset the cost of prosecution, placed on supervised probation but will consider unsupervised probation after eight months. He was sentenced Oct. 25, 2013.
All three entered guilty pleas in exchange for the misdemeanor charges and that they testify against Fincher, Smith and Wright. The three are also prohibited from employment by any company that has anything to do with explosives.