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April 15, 2014

Charges come in bomb case

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — A total of three formal criminal charges have been filed in a case involving an Elmore City man accused of threatening to blow up an area store.

Clay David Crull, 20, was actually arrested on six complaints nearly two weeks ago on allegations he was threatening to blow up an Elmore City area convenience store.

Crull and an unnamed 16-year-old male were taken into custody on complaints related to making threats and a weapons violation.

Now the charges are finalized as three felony counts were filed against Crull in Garvin County District Court.

One is to manufacture/sell/transport/possess explosive or components. Others are conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of minors.

Crull’s first court appearance in the case came late last week, where a not guilty plea was entered for the defendant.

The threats attributed to Crull include an alleged claim he would use some sort of explosive device to blow up the Speedy G’s Convenience Store, located west of Elmore City off of state Highway 29.

It all began when on the morning of Thursday, April 3 county authorities were contacted about Crull making the threat.

Store employees were evacuated, while an Oklahoma Highway Patrol bomb squad came to check out the building, which was described as not containing any explosive devices.

The unnamed juvenile later told officials Crull had tried to persuade him to plant a bomb in the store.

Investigating deputies did learn Crull and the juvenile purchased items the night before with the intention of making a “smoke bomb,” which the younger suspect described as being more powerful than expected.

An affidavit filed in the court case shows Crull’s hard feelings against the Elmore store were related to a criminal case from two years ago.

Officials also reported Crull had several firearms in his vehicle when he was arrested.

Before Crull’s arraignment on April 10 he had already posted a $50,000 bond allowing for his release. That bond remained the same.

The defendant was ordered to stay away from the Speedy G’s store and to have no contact with anyone known to be an employee at the store, any named witness or the co-defendant in the case.

His next court appearance, a preliminary hearing conference, is scheduled for May 30.

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