Questions arise about OKC bomb plot suspect’s mental health

OKLAHOMA CITY – Family of the man arrested for plotting to blow up a downtown Oklahoma City building say he suffers from mental illness. Now there are questions about how much the suspect’s mental health played a role in his alleged plot. Jerry Drake Varnell, 23, was arrested in the early morning hours of Aug. […]

Defense attorney: Accused Oklahoma City bomb plot suspect is competent

OKLAHOMA CITY โ€“ An attorney for a man accused of attempting to detonate a bomb outside an Oklahoma City bank says he is competent and is asking a judge to move forward with a preliminary hearing. The attorney for Jerry Drake Varnell asked the court Wednesday to withdraw her request for a competency hearing, adding […]

Testimony continues in case against Oklahoma City bomb plot suspect

OKLAHOMA CITY – Testimony continues in the case against an Oklahoma man accused of trying to detonate a bomb in downtown Oklahoma City. Prosecutors say Jerry Varnell planned to detonate a vehicle bomb Aug. 12, 2017, outside of a BancFirst in downtown Oklahoma City, but the FBI learned of the plan thanks to an FBI […]

Jury convicts man in Oklahoma City bomb plot

OKLAHOMA CITY – A man accused of trying to detonate what he believed was an explosives-laden van outside an Oklahoma City bank has been found guilty by a federal jury. Jurors on Monday convicted 24-year-old Jerry Drake Varnell of attempted use of an explosive device and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Prosecutors […]

Prosecution rests in Oklahoma City federal bomb plot trial

OKLAHOMA CITY – Prosecutors have rested their case in the federal trial of a man accused of trying to detonate what he believed was an explosives-laden van outside an Oklahoma City bank. The trial of Jerry Drake Varnell of Sayre resumed Monday with defense attorneys scheduled to call a psychologist. Varnell has pleaded not guilty […]

Prosecutors question witnesses in Oklahoma bomb plot case

OKLAHOMA CITY – Federal prosecutors have questioned four FBI agents and an informant as they continue to present evidence in the trial of a man accused of planning to detonate a bomb outside an Oklahoma City bank. Authorities alleged Jerry Varnell planned to detonate what he thought was a half-ton (450-kilogram) vehicle bomb on August […]

Trial of Oklahoma man on bomb plot charges is in recess

OKLAHOMA CITY – The federal trial of a man on charges of planning to detonate a bomb outside an Oklahoma City bank is in recess because of Presidents Day. Prosecutors say Jerry Varnell planned to detonate a vehicle bomb Aug. 12, 2017, but the FBI learned of the plan and an undercover agent posing as […]

Man accused of plotting to bomb Oklahoma City building facing additional charge

OKLAHOMA CITY โ€“ The man accused of plotting to bomb a downtown Oklahoma City bank is now facing an additional charge. According to a criminal complaint,ย the FBI arrested 24-year-old Jerry Drake Varnell on Aug. 12 after he allegedly attempted to detonate what he believed to be an explosives-laden van in an alley next to BancFirst […]

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