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New charges for man accused in Planned Parenthood arson


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Associated Press
Posted: Mar. 25, 2019 5:54 pm

A Missouri man accused of trying to burn down a Planned Parenthood clinic in February now faces new charges.


Wesley Brian Kaster was originally charged March 4 with maliciously damaging a building owned by an organization that receives federal financial assistance. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a grand jury indictment on Wednesday replaced that charge with two new counts — using explosive material to maliciously damage federal property and malicious use of explosive materials.


An attorney for Kaster didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.


The clinic in the central Missouri city of Columbia was empty when the pre-dawn fire broke out Feb. 10 . Authorities allege that the 42-year-old man broke the glass front door and threw in a "Molotov cocktail-type device."


 

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