Clovis News

Victim's uncle indicted in Visalia mail bomb

A federal grand jury in Fresno has indicted an Oklahoma man on charges of sending a mail bomb that injured his nephew at a Visalia business last month, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.

Vernon Dale Mustin, 51, of Spiro, Okla., was charged with transporting an explosive with intent to kill or injure, mailing injurious articles, and possessing and using a destructive device.

Mustin's nephew, Aaron Mustin, 31, of Clovis, opened a package that contained five pipe bombs inside a plastic tackle box Sept. 8. He suffered flash burns and cuts to his right arm, left hand and face when one of the pipe bombs exploded as he reached into the tackle box, according to postal inspectors.

Vernon Mustin's brother is Danny Mustin, 58, of Visalia, who with his son Aaron co-owns Cal-Air Cooling and Heating, where the mail bomb was delivered.

Vernon Mustin, who was arrested in Oklahoma on Oct. 15, had entered a not guilty plea before a federal magistrate judge in Muskogee, Okla. The U.S. Marshals Service will bring Mustin to Fresno for prosecution within three weeks.