A 27-year-old Fresno man is now facing 20 felony counts after a revised criminal complaint was filed in a case in which he is accused of making and detonating pipe bombs.
Cody Bewarder's court hearing was delayed Thursday so his lawyer could examine the new complaint. Bewarder then pleaded innocent in front of Superior Court Judge Gregory Fain.
The new complaint adds 15 counts to a previous Fresno County District Attorney's Office complaint.
Bewarder, arrested in July, is accused of making and placing pipe bombs in Fresno County mailboxes. He also was found in possession of fireworks, an unloaded gun and ammunition magazines.
He allegedly detonated pipe bombs in February, March, April, June and July.
The new complaint details four specific counts against Bewarder for each incident -- possessing an explosive device, exploding an explosive device, possession of an explosive device without a permit and possession of an explosive device on a public street.
Bewarder's lawyer, Roger Litman, said the federal government declined to file charges against his client. Bewarder, who has no criminal convictions, had a full-time job before his arrest, Litman said. He said Bewarder is a good candidate for probation but the charges against him preclude it.
Detectives seized bomb-making materials and a semi-automatic handgun from Bewarder's home near Ashlan Avenue and Highway 41.
Sheriff's officials said a pipe bomb blew up a mailbox at a home on San Jose and Maroa avenues in northwest Fresno in June. During the investigation, detectives learned of pipe-bomb incidents in the previous three months -- one in the city of Fresno and another in the county.
After inspecting evidence from previous incidents they discovered unique characteristics in the bomb-making materials, sheriff's officials said.
Detectives also determined that the materials were available at one local hardware store, which focused investigators on Bewarder as a suspect.
He was arrested after a neighbor reported an explosion in July and discovered his mailbox blown up outside his home on Pico Ave near First Street in Fresno. Bewarder was arrested during a traffic stop nearby.
He remains in Fresno County Jail. His bail is set at $205,000.
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