Defense disputes FBI explosive tests in alleged bombing plot

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - The defense attorney for a white supremacist has disputed the results of FBI tests on materials agents seized from the defendant's West Tennessee home.

Demetrius "Van" Crocker of Mc-Kenzie is on trial in Jackson, accused of attempting to obtain explosives for an attack on government buildings.

Crocker is being tried on federal charges of attempting to obtain Sarin nerve gas and C-4 explosives to destroy a federal or state courthouse.

Prosecutors said FBI agents recovered a 12-inch pipe, a practice grenade shell, some fuses and a few grains of black powder in a search of Crocker's home in October 2004.

Defense attorney Randolph Alden yesterday questioned whether Crocker could have made a bomb with the seized materials.

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