Explosives suspect’s lawyer withdraws over conflict of interest

The Centre Hall couple who share an indictment for selling illegal explosives also shared something else.

An attorney.

At least, they did until Tuesday, when D. Toni Byrd, the assistant federal public defender representing Christina Woodring, filed paperwork to step aside.

In the motion filed, Byrd said it “has come to (her) attention” that she had previously represented her client’s husband.

James Woodring, also named in the indictment, entered a guilty plea in 2011 to charges of dealing in explosives without a license. He was sentenced to a year of probation.

The Woodrings are now facing charges of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute explosives and manufacturing explosives. James Woodring is also charged with possessing a firearm as a prohibited person and possessing a stolen firearm.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says the couple was selling 1.3 mortars, some of which were altered to “increase the explosives’ power and volatility.”

The Woodrings were arrested after their home exploded last month.

The two will face trial in July, according to court documents.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce