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Camp Minden explosives: plea change for 1 of 2 defendants

June 8, 2018

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A change-of-plea hearing has been set for one of two remaining defendants in a case involving a huge explosion at a site leased from the Louisiana National Guard.

While five other defendants were indicted on about 30 charges, Charles Ferris Callihan faced two: conspiracy and making a false statement. The online docket shows his change-of-plea hearing was scheduled Friday.

That would leave William Terry Wright to be tried Monday on one count of conspiracy, 23 of making false statements and six of wire fraud.

He was operations director for a company that had an Army contract to “demilitarize” artillery propellant but went bankrupt, abandoning thousands of tons of potentially explosive propellant at north Louisiana’s Camp Minden.

Three officials pleaded guilty earlier. A fourth died Saturday, prompting a one-week trial postponement.

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