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2nd trial ending in fatal bomb explosion

Closing arguments are underway in the second trial of a man charged in the explosion of a homemade bomb that killed a Chattaroy man.

Christapher A. Harris, 20, (pictured) is charged with manslaughter for the Nov. 6, 2010, explosion that killed Cody R. Hathaway, 28, outside a family costume party.

A jury in September voted 9-3 to acquit Harris of the charge, but verdicts must be unanimous. The jury did convict co-defendant James J. Crouchman and Harris of possession of an explosive device and Harris of possession of a stolen firearm.

Crouchman's second trial for second-degree manslaughter is scheduled for Dec. 27, but he is expected to instead plead guilty to a misdemeanor.

The bomb was one of several Harris brought to the party at the invite of Crouchman, who lit one of the devices. Hathaway approached the device and it exploded, sending a piece of metal into his neck that severed arteries and killed him.

Harris was arrested after ditching bomb-making material in Idaho. He's been out of jail for his trials.

Past coverage:

Feb. 28: Manslaughter charges filed over deadly explosion

Nov. 8, 2010: Man killed in explosion outside party ID'd

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