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Officials to seek death for bomb suspect

By Wire services
Published December 12, 2003

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Prosecutors said Thursday they would seek the death penalty against serial bombing suspect Eric Rudolph for a blast that killed a police officer at an abortion clinic.

Attorney General John Ashcroft authorized prosecutors to seek the death penalty in the 1998 bombing that also seriously injured a nurse, U.S. Attorney Alice Martin said

Rudolph, 36, was captured May 31 in North Carolina after a five-year manhunt following the Birmingham bombing. He also is accused in the 1996 Olympic bombing in Atlanta and two bombings in Atlanta in 1997.

The Alabama bomb exploded outside New Woman All Women Health Care on Jan. 29, 1998, killing officer Robert D. Sanderson, who was working off-duty as a clinic security guard.

Third body found buried under concrete in home

HAMMOND, Ind. - A tenant in a rundown apartment house was charged with murder Thursday after a third body was discovered buried beneath a layer of freshly poured concrete in the building, police said.

The remains, discovered during a search for three missing teenagers, were found covered in heavy layers of plastic and duct tape. Police used a jackhammer and hand tools to remove the bodies from the concrete.

The suspect, David Edward Maust, 49, has been in police custody since Tuesday. Maust is scheduled for an arraignment today.

Coroner David Pastrick said the victims were Michael Dennis, 13; James Raganyi, 16; and Nick James, 19.


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