Fertilizer plant explosion levels several blocks of small Texas town

Former West Paramedic Firearm Hearing Postponed

Reed to waive arraignment, plea not guilty

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    Bryce Reed, a first responder who helped evacuate people ahead of a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge he possessed bomb-making materials (Published Thursday, May 16, 2013)

    An arraignment hearing for a West first responder indicted on a federal firearm charge has been postponed indefinitely.

    Officials with the U.S. Attorney's Office said about an hour before Bryce Reed’s 2 p.m. arraignment hearing was set to begin that the hearing had been canceled and that, by an agreement between the defense and prosecution, Reed deferred his right to a detention hearing to a later date. 

    Reed is waiving arraignment and will enter a plea of not guilty.

    Reed became well-known after the explosion for his moving remarks at a memorial for first responders.

    But officials said Reed was "let go" from the West EMS team two days after the blast, and others have questioned his past.

    A grand jury indicted Bryce Ashley Reed for possession of an unregistered firearm on Tuesday. Reed was originally charged with possessing materials needed to make a pipe bomb.

    Reed was among emergency crews that responded to a massive fire and explosion last month in the small town of West, which left at least 14 people dead and injured hundreds.

    Authorities have not accused Reed of wrongdoing in the April 17 explosion.
    Reed remains in federal custody and is being held without bond.
     


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