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Trial moved back for accused Colorado synagogue bomb plotter

Temple Emanuel in Pueblo
Posted at 2:06 PM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 16:06:53-04

DENVER (AP) — A federal judge rescheduled a trial for an alleged white supremacist accused of plotting to bomb a historic Colorado synagogue.

U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Moore set a Feb. 22 trial date for the case against Richard Holzer, The Pueblo Chieftain reported Sunday.

The judge granted the defense’s request for additional time to review thousands of pages of documents and hours of recordings of Holzer obtained by the government as evidence.

A grand jury indictment charged Holzer with attempted arson and using fire or an explosive device to commit a felony against the 119-year-old Temple Emanuel in Pueblo.

Holzer was previously also charged with attempting to obstruct the exercise of religion by force by using explosives and fire.

The FBI arrested Holzer in November 2019 at a Pueblo motel and accused him of planning to blow up the synagogue before dawn the next morning.

Holzer accepted what turned out to be phony explosives from undercover agents, the FBI said.

His legal team does not plan to raise the issue of Holzer’s mental competency in his defense, federal public defender Mary Butterton said.