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OGDEN — The oldest of the two students accused of a plot to bomb Roy High School appeared in court for the first time Wednesday.
Dallin Todd Morgan, 18, is charged with use of a weapon of mass destruction, a first-degree felony punishable by a maximum of a $20,000 fine and up to life in prison. Morgan didn't say much during the brief court appearance and stood with his hands to his side, next to his attorney.
Ogden's 2nd District Judge W. Brent West recused himself from the case, citing a conflict of interest with the office of one of the attorneys involved. A new hearing was set for Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. before Judge Michael Lyon.
West mentioned that if the court decides to try Morgan's 16-year-old alleged accomplice as an adult, Lyon will likely preside over both trials.
Morgan arrived early with several family members, including his father, in tow. The family left the courthouse quickly after the hearing, declining to speak to the media.
The Roy High senior conspired with fellow classmate Joshua Hoggan to set off explosives at a school assembly and escape on an airplane they intended to steal from the nearby Ogden-Hinckley Airport, according to police. The duo was arrested Jan. 25 after other students informed administrators of some disturbing text messages allegedly sent by Hoggan.
Hoggan was charged Monday in juvenile court with use of a weapon of mass destruction, a first-degree felony. Prosecutors have filed a motion seeking to have Hoggan tried as an adult.
Police did not locate any explosives, but the elements of the charges against both Morgan and Hoggan include soliciting the use of, or conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, or that they assisted, encouraged or solicited someone else to do the same. Court documents indicate the two had mapped out the school's security cameras as part of their alleged plot.