Affidavit Outlines Evidence Against Husband Of Mail Bomb Victim
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ A man charged with sending his wife a mail bomb had bought a book with bomb-making instructions and stood to receive a large insurance payout if she died, according to court papers.
Tracy Bullis lost several fingers and suffered burns and shrapnel wounds when the package blew up July 10 at the long-distance telephone company where she worked. A co-worker suffered hearing loss.
An affidavit from a postal inspector outlined the prosecution’s case against Stephan Michael Bullis as he made his first court appearance Monday on charges of arson resulting in personal injury and mailing an injurious item.
Attorney Joseph Cheshire V said his 30-year-old client is innocent and described the government’s case as ``a lot of mights, maybes, could-bes and innuendo.″ Another hearing was scheduled for Thursday on a prosecution request that he remain jailed without bond.
The affidavit by U.S. Postal Inspector Charles Thompson said Ms. Bullis told authorities that before the bombing, she found a bookstore receipt for ``The Anarchist’s Cookbook″ in her laundry room. The book provides instructions for making bombs.
The affidavit also says Ms. Bullis had increased her group life insurance benefits from $25,000 to $96,000 for death due to natural causes, and to $192,000 for accidental death or death relating to employment. Stephan Bullis is the beneficiary. Bullis also told investigators he has $100,000 accidental death and dismemberment policy on his wife through his work.
Ms. Bullis told investigators her marriage began to deteriorate more than a year ago and her husband admitted to having an affair with another woman.
In the explosion debris, postal inspectors found a metal clothes pin spring, black vinyl tape, and plastic and metal twist ties like those found later in the Bullis home, the affidavit says.
If convicted, Bullis faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on the arson charge, and a maximum of 20 years and an additional $250,000 on the mail charge.