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Illegal explosives couple could see delayed court dates

Christina and James Woodring’s Centre Hall home exploded days before they were indicted on federal charges dealing with illegal explosives.
Christina and James Woodring’s Centre Hall home exploded days before they were indicted on federal charges dealing with illegal explosives. Centre Daily Times, file

New filings in a federal criminal case for a couple accused of selling illegal explosives could mean putting off their trial.

In May, James and Christina Woodring, of Centre Hall, were indicted by a federal grand jury on a mix of charges, including manufacturing and dealing in illegal explosives without a license and conspiring to manufacture and deal in illegal explosives without a license. James Woodring was also charged with possessing firearms by a prohibited person and possessing a stolen firearm.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the couple were selling mortars that had been altered to increase the force of an explosion. Those charges came just days after the Woodrings’ home exploded.

On Tuesday, James Woodring’s attorney, John Abom, filed a motion for an extension of time to file pretrial motions in his case. The court had previously ordered those motions to be filed by Tuesday.

Abom said he had not received or reviewed all discovery material in the case.

The prosecution did not oppose the request

U.S. District Judge Malachy Mannion filed an order in Christina Woodring’s case Tuesday, too. Her court-appointed attorney, D. Toni Byrd, had submitted a motion to withdraw last week.

Byrd had previously represented James Woodring in his 2010 case for dealing in explosives without a license. He entered a guilty plea in that case and was sentenced to one year probation.

Mannion approved the request and appointed a new attorney, Frederick Martin, to take over Christina Woodring’s case.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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