Crime

Trial of Centre Hall residents charged with federal explosives offenses pushed back

The case against two Centre Hall residents charged with federal explosives offenses will take a little longer to be resolved.

James and Christina Woodring were indicted for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute explosives, distribution of explosives and manufacturing explosives. James Woodring was also indicted on charges of possession of firearms by a prohibited person and possession of stolen firearms.

They were slated for a Sept. 26 trial.

But this week, Judge Malachy Mannion granted a request from James Woodring’s attorney to push that clock back.

In an order dated Tuesday, Mannion moved the trial to Nov. 7.

According to the motion by attorney John Abom, “the parties are actively involved in plea negotiations.”

The motion was not opposed by prosecutors or Christina Woodring’s attorney.

The Woodrings were charged days after an explosion rocked their Centre Hall home.

According to the indictment, the Woodrings were altering mortars to “increase the explosives’ power and volatility.”

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