Indiana University student pleads not guilty to making bomb

By Michelle Kapusta,

An Indiana University student has pleaded not guilty to making bombs in his apartment.

According to the Associated Press, Ryder Pickens faces felony charges for trying to make a bomb after investigators say they found dangerous chemicals in his apartment.

The Indianapolis Star has reported that Pickens was arrested Wednesday and charged with attempted manufacturing of a destructive device.

In court on Thursday, he pleaded not guilty and told investigators that he was not trying to make a bomb, though he admitted he possessed the materials.

Bloomington police say they arrested the 20-year-old after he was released from IU Health Hospital where he had been detained.

“We don’t have a full picture of his mental-health history at this point, but certainly we intend to get to the bottom of it,” Monroe County deputy prosecutor Jeff Kehr.

Officials will need a court order to gain access to his mental health records.

Pickens is being held at the Monroe County Jail on $1 million bond. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for March 27.

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