- Associated Press - Thursday, June 5, 2014

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a Central California man charged with planting two homemade bombs died while in custody.

The Fresno County Coroner’s Office told the Merced Sun-Star (https://bit.ly/1oxoX0g ) on Wednesday that 37-year-old Richard Wilson Key, Jr. died in a hospital on May 26. According to court records, Key injured himself, though the records did not say exactly how. He was being held at the Fresno County Jail.

The FBI says Key - a U.S. Army Corps of Engineer employee- planted a pipe bomb at a Shell gas station in Chowchilla that was found in March. He was accused of planting a second bomb that was found two months later by children at a Christian School in Madera.

Neither exploded, but officials say writing on the bombs indicated they were intended to kill or injure an unsuspecting person.

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Information from: Merced Sun-Star, https://www.mercedsun-star.com

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