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Brigham Ordered To Stand trial In Railroad Station Blast

January 25, 1985

MONTREAL (AP) _ A 65-year-old American has been ordered to stand trial on charges of murdering three French tourists in the Labor Day bombing at Montreal’s downtown railroad station.

Sessions Judge Claude Joncas on Thursday ordered Thomas Brigham, originally from Rochester, N.Y., held in custody pending a court appearance March 4 to have a date set for his trial on three charges of first-degree murder.

Brigham smiled and chatted with his defense lawyer, Pierre Poupart, after the ruling. He also waved at reporters before he was led away in handcuffs.

″It is clear we will plead not guilty,″ Poupart told reporters later.

Joncas had ruled on Jan 11 that Brigham was mentally fit to stand trial.

Evidence presented at Brigham’s preliminary hearing indicated a powerful bomb was placed in luggage lockers in a corner of Central Station.

Killed in the Sept. 3 blast were Eric Nicholas, 24, Florence Leblond, 25, and Michel Dubois, 24, all from the Paris region. They had just returned to Montreal from a trip to the Rocky Mountains. The explosion injured 47 people.

Poupart said the issue of the Brigham’s mental state might be raised during the trial, but he would not say if Brigham would testify. The accused did not testify during the preliminary hearing.

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