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LAX explosions: Suspect used dry ice to ease back pain, lawyer says

A lawyer for Dicarlo Bennett says his client had dry ice devices at LAX to help ease back discomfort from a workplace injury.
October 23, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A lawyer for Dicarlo Bennett, a suspect in the dry ice explosions at Los Angeles International Airport, says his client had dry ice devices to help ease back discomfort from a workplace injury.

"When questioned by the police, [Bennett] indicated that he had made this device with dry ice in the bottle and was applying it to his back in the van and was applying it to his back in the restroom," said lawyer Ben Wasserman.

Earlier this month, dry ice bombs exploded near the Bradley International Terminal and an employee bathroom near Terminal 2. A third dry ice bomb that didn't go off was found near a plane. But the judge and prosecution say all those devices posed a threat to public safety.

"It is common knowledge that you don't joke about bombs in airports. This defendant placed bombs and detonated them as a joke in the airport, generating a massive police and security response," said prosecutor Sean Carney.

Bennett and his co- defendant, Miguel Iniguez, were in court Wednesday to seek bail reductions.

Bennett's bail was reduced from $1 million to $300,000. Iniguez also had his bail reduced from $500,000 to $100,000.

Iniguez's lawyers asked that Iniguez's medical condition be addressed in custody. He has a kidney condition that requires daily medication.

Just like Bennett's case, the judge said releasing Iniguez on his own recognizance isn't going to happen. He called what they allegedly did "irresponsible" and "foolish."


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