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December 16, 2010

More charges expected in bomb case

Murder suspects returning to Cullman

CULLMAN — Two men arrested in connection with the explosion of four pipe bombs in Cullman County last week are awaiting federal charges.

According to officials with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Josh Kugler, 21, and Billy Scott Simmons, 21 will be charged with violation of the National Firearms Act. The act prohibits or requires the possession of a special license for individuals possessing silencers, bombs, destructive devices and other potentially dangerous contraband.

According to an ATF agent, there are still several variables at play that may affect the charges — but violation of the act under base charges is punishable by up to 10 years in federal prison.

The two suspects were apprehended Monday following an investigation and are currently being held at the Cullman County Detention Center.

   In a separate case involving the murder and burning of a Hanceville man, the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office expects to have the remaining two suspects in custody today.

The men, William Henry Abbott, 51, and his son Arnold Andrew Abbott, 28, were arrested in North Carolina, charged with the murder of Jerry Martin, had taken measures to resist extradition to Cullman earlier this month.

A third suspect, William Cecil Abbott, 29, was apprehended in Cullman County on Dec. 8 and is currently being held at the Cullman County Detention Center on bond.

— Please see The Cullman Times print edition for additional details.

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