April 22, 2011

A reputed neo-Nazi accused of planting a backpack bomb along the parade route of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration was newly charged on Thursday with committing federal hate crimes.

The latest charges against Kevin Harpham, 36, were added to a federal indictment originally returned last month in an alleged bombing attempt in Spokane, Washington, on January 17, a national holiday celebrating the birth of the slain civil rights leader.

The three-page superseding indictment charges that Harpham tried to use the backpack bomb to injure individuals attending the parade because of their “actual or perceived race, color and national origin.”

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