Martinez man pleads not guilty to explosives charge in January

Friday, June 19, 2009 4:12 PM
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A Martinez man injured in a small blast at his home in January pleaded not guilty today to making an explosive device.

Chad Wells, 38, of the 300 block of Salley Drive, pleaded not guilty to possessing and manufacturing a destructive device at an arraignment hearing in Columbia County. A grand jury indicted him on the charge in May.

Police responded to Mr. Wells’ home Jan. 17, a few days after he lost some fingers in a small explosion. Triacetone triperoxide, a rare substance that has been used in several terrorist operations and other explosive materials were found.

Reach Valerie Rowell at (706) 868-1222, ext. 110 or

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asustudent75 06/19/09 - 08:49 pm
What a bunch of crap....he is

What a bunch of crap....he is wasting alot of peoples time by pleading not guilty. They had to call the bomb squad out to take out the rest of the bomb making materials that were in his home...they were there for several days making sure that it was safe to have the people in the surrounding area come back/stay in their homes. What a moron.

tdp 06/19/09 - 09:19 pm
You are in my prayers, Chad.

You are in my prayers, Chad. I'm praying that you will be found not guilty of this bogus charge and that you can get back to your life. Good luck!

gsi22990 06/19/09 - 09:39 pm
just wondering why you would

just wondering why you would think this is a bogus charge, the guy blew his fingers off, seems pretty cut and dry to me...

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