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Crime and Courts

Judge Refuses To Toss Out Charges In Suicide Bomb Plot Case

A judge has once again refused to dismiss charges against a man accused of a suicide bomb plot at Wichita's airport because the explosives used in the undercover sting were fake.

Terry Loewen was arrested in December 2013. The former avionics technician allegedly tried to bring a van filled with inert explosives onto the tarmac at Mid-Continent Airport.

He is charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to use an explosive device to damage property, and attempting to give material support to al-Qaida.

Defense attorneys argued that because the explosives were inert their client could not have committed the crimes.

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot denied a motion Thursday to reconsider his decision refusing to toss out the bomb-related charges.