Explosives case continued for former UC Davis chemist David Snyder

The UC Davis chemist accused of possessing and intending to make explosive devices on the University of California, Davis, campus appeared in court again today for a pre-hearing conference. The case was continued to another pre-hearing conference set for April 30, says Michael J. Cabral, assistant chief deputy district attorney at the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office.

Snyder, 32, injured his hand in an explosion in his on-campus apartment in January. He faces 17 charges of possession and intent to make destructive devices, reckless disposal of hazardous waste, and possession of firearms on campus.

The Woodland, Calif., Daily Democrat reports that Snyder’s defense attorney had a short conversation with the judge before the new conference date was set.

Earlier this week, the Sacramento Bee reported that UC Davis has spent more than $23,000 on the incident so far. The total comes from expenses such as overtime for police and firefighters. It does not include expenses for chemical disposal or environmental tests.

Also earlier this week, several news outlets reported that people in hazmat suits again searched and removed evidence from Snyder’s apartment.

The California Aggie reports that Snyder’s research appointment ended on Jan. 31. Snyder was released from jail on $2 million bail on Feb. 20. “Under the conditions of his release, Snyder is not allowed to return to UC Davis without notifying the UC Davis Police Department (UCDPD), said Claudia Morain, UC Davis spokesperson, in an email interview,” the Aggie says.

3/15/2013 UPDATE: ABC News10 in Sacramento had a story last night that included specifics on some of the chemicals found in Snyder’s apartment. An image of an evidence log lists:

  • 1 sample potassium perchlorate plus original container collected
  • 1 sample triple seven plus original container collected
  • 1 sample aluminum powder
  • 1 sample green pyrotechnic fuse and 2 rolls collected
  • 1 sample red pyrotechnic fuse and (illegible) collected
  • (illegible) smokeless plus original container (illegible)

News10 interviewed James Symes, a chemistry professor at Cosumnes River College. Symes also mentions ammonium perchlorate, class 1 explosives (ammonium perchlorate is one–it’s unclear whether Symes is just referring to that or if there were others), and “chemicals to make explosives.”

Footage of Snyder walking down stairs shows that his hand is no longer bandaged.

Author: Jyllian Kemsley

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