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Trial Set for Man Charged in Library Explosion

Trial Set for Man Charged in Library Explosion



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An October trial date has been set for an Illinois man accused in a pipe bomb explosion at the main downtown library.

Thomas Zajac's attorney Robert Steele said his client is upset the trial's October 1 start date is so far off.

But prosecutor Carlos Esqueda reminded the court that delays in the case had been due in large part to Zajac having switched attorneys five times.

Zajac pleaded not guilty in November to charges related to the September 15 explosion of a pipe bomb at the Salt Lake City library.

Zajac was arrested at his home in Downers Grove, Ill., in October after investigators said they found his fingerprint on remnants of a rocket igniter at the scene.

The blast blew out a window at the library and forced 400 people to evacuate the building. No one was injured and the library reopened the next day.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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