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Suspect wants judge to delay burning of "bomb factory" house

By Lateef Mungin, CNN
  • The burn of the home is scheduled for this week
  • The suspect was arrested on bomb-making and bank robbery charges
  • Authorities have said the house must be burned because it is dangerous
  • California

(CNN) -- A man accused of making bombs in his Southern California home is urging a federal judge to delay a scheduled burning of the house so that he can retrieve evidence.

The issue will be argued in a southern California federal court Wednesday, according to court documents.

The home in San Diego County has made national headlines recently after authorities called it a "bomb factory" and said it was the site of the nation's largest cache of homemade explosives ever found in one spot.

State and fire officials have started preparation to burn down the house stating that it was too dangerous for bomb squads to re-enter.

But George Djura Jakubec, the resident of the home, is asking to delay the home razing.

Jakubec, 54, a computer software consultant, is being held in lieu of $5 million bail on bomb-making and bank robbery charges.

His attorney filed a motion Tuesday urging federal judge Larry Burns to spare the home for an unspecified amount of time.

"Preparations are now complete to burn Mr. Jakubec's house," his attorney Michael Berg wrote. "Mr. Jakubec requests that this Court order any and all involved government agents not to burn down the house until Mr.Jakubec's legal team has had an opportunity to fully examine all discovery, and to retrieve any further exculpatory evidence that may remain in the house."

Authorities have said that the burn could happen this week.

Bomb crews discovered two types of homemade explosives inside the home late November, hexamethylene triperoxide diamine, or HMTD, and pentaerythritol tetranitrate, or PETN.

Eight or 9 pounds of HMTD were found in the backyard after a gardener was injured when he accidentally ignited some of the material almost two weeks ago.

One expert likened the nine pounds to a large car bomb, which could blow out the house's windows and doors and damage adjacent houses.