Explo Systems Inc. owners ask state judge to toss charges


The owners of a company accused of leaving more than 7,800 tons of improperly stored artillery propellant at Camp Minden in Louisiana have asked a state judge to throw out the charges against them.

David Fincher of Burns, Tennessee, and David Smith of Winchester, Kentucky, have pleaded not guilty to 10 charges including unlawful storage of explosives and reckless use of explosives.

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Attorney Lyn Lawrence Jr. of Bossier City represents Smith. He said Monday that Louisiana law does not classify the M6 artillery propellant as an explosive.

He and Fincher’s attorney filed a motion in August asking Judge Mike Craig to quash the bill of information against the two. A hearing had been scheduled Monday but has been postponed until Sept. 28.


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