Student In Falwell Funeral Bomb Plot Pleads Not Guilty

July 28, 2007

A Liberty University student has pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing a bomb the night before the Reverend Jerry Falwell's funeral in May.

Nineteen-year-old Mark David Uhl was arraigned Friday in U.S. District Court in Lynchburg on charges of possessing an unlawful destructive device. A jury trial is scheduled for August ninth.

Uhl was arrested May 21st after Campbell County authorities who searched the trunk of his car found five bombs that state police agents called "homemade napalm." Campbell authorities have said they do not believe Uhl intended to disrupt Falwell's funeral services or harm the Falwell family.

At a bond hearing in May, a federal agent said Uhl had other plans for violence. Those included a plot with a friend to disrupt a prom at his former high school in northern Virginia with heated homemade pepper spray.

Uhl, who is from Amissville in Rappahannock County, is being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Lynchburg.

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