Judge won’t delay burning of Calif. bomb house
SAN DIEGO — A judge on Wednesday refused to delay the destruction of a suburban San Diego home after a prosecutor described a detonator-strewn coffee table as “ground zero” of the home so packed with explosives that it was too dangerous to even enter.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns cleared the way for authorities to burn the home to the ground on Thursday to protect the neighborhood.
Attorneys for the resident, George Jakubec, sought a delay to collect evidence from the home, including notes scribbled on graph paper and a hardcover book about mining.
Burns, however, said he accepted the testimony of FBI bomb expert James Verdi that it would be “very irresponsible” to allow anyone in the Escondido home, north of San Diego.
“It says a lot to me that he doesn’t want to go back in,” Burns said. “I frankly think it’s just too dangerous.”
Defense attorney Michael Berg asked the FBI expert if Jakubec, his wife and their dog were “just lucky” to escape injury in their four years at the rented home.