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2 men indicted in soda bottle bomb incident

Wednesday - 7/2/2014, 5:37pm  ET

Defendent's attorney: No evidence to support charges

Andrew Mollenbeck, WTOP

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) -- Two men accused of setting off a "bottle bomb" at a Maryland movie theater have been indicted by a grand jury.

Prince George's County prosecutors said Tuesday that 20-year-old Manuel Joyner-Bell and 23-year-old Michael Hollingsworth were indicted on charges including possession of a destructive device, assault, and reckless endangerment

Both were arrested after a May explosion at the Magic Johnson Theater in Largo. Authorities say Joyner-Bell confessed to setting off six bottle bombs at five theaters in the Washington area this spring. Officials say sealed soda bottles combining acid and a base inside were detonated, panicking moviegoers and leading to evacuations but causing no serious injuries.

Authorities say Hollingsworth is believed to have been Joyner-Bell's accomplice in the incidents.

Both are being held without bond and also face charges in Virginia.


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