Bond has been reduced for a local man who allegedly built a bomb and placed it in a neighbor’s truck last March.
Charles Clinton Carter, 42, was formally charged in April with manufacture of an explosive device.
Bond was originally set at $15,000 by Associate District Judge Mark Dobbins, but has now been lowered to $7,500, court records show.
Carter is was still behind bars at the Cherokee County Detention Center on Monday.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Bomb Squad responded to a home south of Tahlequah, on Mountain View Drive, after a woman said she looked out her window and saw the device in her truck. The woman reportedly removed the bomb from the truck and took it in her home before realizing what it was.
Officers transported the device to a local gun range and counter-charged it.
During an investigation, officers reportedly questioned Carter, who had been staying in a nearby home. They say Carter had in his possession several components that were similar to materials used in the bomb’s construction.
Carter allegedly admitted some of the materials were his, but denied making the bomb. Officers said a dispute over a vehicle purchase may have led to the incident.
Carter is set for a criminal docket May 14 at 1 p.m. at the Cherokee County Courthouse. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
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