Wife of Ark. board chairman testifies in trial

LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - The wife of Dr. Trent Pierce says her husband didn't recognize her moments after a homemade bomb exploded in their driveway.

Melissa Pierce told jurors Tuesday that her husband was "absolutely charred" in the February 2009 blast.

Pierce is chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board and Dr. Randeep Mann, a physician sanctioned by the board, is on trial for the bombing.

Melissa Pierce told jurors that her husband is methodical and predictable, parking in the same spot every day and driving the same route to work daily. She says that since the bombing they've put up gates to secure the driveway at their home.

Melissa Pierce was the first witness called by prosecutors, who did not mention Randeep Mann during their direct examination.

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