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Explosion leaves man with an injury, as well as felony charges

There are certain types of criminal allegations that are more serious than others. For instance, when our Roseville readers think of someone facing a weapons charge, they probably think of illegal possession of a deadly weapon or assault weapon, or perhaps the person under suspicion was the problem, such as a felon in possession of a firearm. What they may not envision, however, is a university chemistry researcher being arrested for possession of explosives.

That was the case involving a 32-year-old man at UC Davis recently, which many of our Roseville readers have no doubt heard about already. The man was arrested after an explosion in his apartment on January 17 forced the complex to be evacuated and left him with an injury to his left hand. The subsequent investigation led to 10 felony charges, including charges for explosives and a firearm.

The case appears to be somewhat confounding to both the police and those who know this man. According to the reports, he was highly regarded within the university system, having previously won recognition with an Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award in 2005, as well as receiving an award of $10,000 from the Rewards for College Scientists Foundation during the 2008-2009 academic year. His defense attorneys have made the initial claim that the explosion was an accident.

The recent increase in a push for more gun control laws, as well as the ever present threat of terrorism and community violence, has led to higher profile news coverage for events like this one, even when there isn't a death involved. For this 32-year-old man, currently held on $2 million bail, hopefully the public will not form a definitive opinion of him before the criminal justice process is completed.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "UC Davis researcher accused of making explosives had accomplice, officials say," Darrell Smith, Jan. 25, 2013

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