The third of six employees of Explo Systems Inc. today pleaded guilty in Webster District Court to a reduced charge in connection with the mishandling of explosives materials.
District Attorney Schuyler Marvin agreed to let Michael Kile, of Bossier City, former afety/quality
assurance manager, plead to a misdemeanor charge of careless use of explosives in exchange for his testimony against the company’s top three officials: David A. Smith, 57,of Winchester, Ky., David P. Fincher, 65, of Burns, Tenn., and William Terry Wright, 59, of Bossier City.
The men were among six members of EXPLO Systems management team arrested in June in connection with the Oct. 15, 2012 bunker explosion at Camp Minden that was felt as far away as Arkansas.
The other two arrested, EXPLO managers Todd Dietrich, 50, Lionel Koons, 54, last month
pleaded guilty to the lesser charge in exchange for testimony against Smith, Fincher and Wright
The men were indicted June 10, 2013, by a Webster Parish grand jury. They all were charged with 10 counts each - one count each of unlawful storage of explosives,reckless use of explosives, failure to obtain magazine license, failure to properly mark explosive material, failure to keep accurate inventory and conspiracy to commit all the above five crimes.
Explo had a multimillion-dollar military contract to dismantle propellant charges used to fire artillery rounds. The company operated on a leased site at Camp Minden, a Louisiana National Guard base in Webster Parish in north Louisiana
Wright and EXPLO Systems will be back in court Dec. 18, and Smith and Fincher have a court date of Feb. 13, 2013.
Both dates are for the judges to rule on defense and prosecution motions. A trial date will be set at that time.