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Alleged DA office bomber's trial postponed until May

The trial for Alan Leroy McVay, charged with detonating a makeshift bomb outside the Jackson County District Attorney's office in November, has been postponed.

McVay's jury trial is scheduled for May 6 in U.S. District Court in Medford. The 46-year-old White City man has pleaded not guilty to two counts of malicious destruction of property by explosion. His trial initially was set for today.

Investigators said McVay taped a small pipe bomb to a propane tank and threw the device at a window of the DA's office before dawn Nov. 13. The bomb broke windows but did little other damage when the propane tank failed to explode. McVay told police he set off the device hoping to avoid a Nov. 14 court hearing and 36-month prison sentence for burglary and other charges.

Police arrested McVay on Nov. 20 following a tip. A federal grand jury indicted McVay on Dec. 5, charging him with damaging and attempting to damage the building at 715 W. 10th St., Medford, by means of an explosive and fire. The indictment defines the DA's office as an institution that receives federal financial assistance and also affects interstate commerce.