Local Pipe Bomb Suspect on Trial in Montana

Laurence Alan Stewart faces multiple charges in Virginia and Montana. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

The trial of Laurence Alan Stewart II began this week in Cascade County, Mont.  Stewart was captured in Montana Nov. 1 after a traffic stop led to his identification as a wanted suspect for capital murder in Virginia. 

On Oct. 30 Stewart allegedly detonated three pipe bombs at three locations -- one in Fredericksburg and two in Stafford -- in what Stafford Sheriff Charles Jett said were targeted attacks against his former fiancée and two Stafford deputies who had arrested him previously.

As local law enforcement hunted for Stewart, he fled to Montana.   He is charged there with seven counts of attempted deliberate homicide.

Stewart will next face charges in Virginia.  Stafford County is charging him with two counts of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, two counts of arson of an occupied dwelling and one count of use of a weapon or device for a terror act.

The City of Fredericksburg is also charging Stewart with one count of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, one count of missile into a occupied dwelling and one count arson of an occupied dwelling.

Great Falls Montana Tribune Staff Writer Michael Beall is covering the trial.  You can follow him on Twitter @GFTribMBeall

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