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Unabomber suspect to be moved to California

Unabomber

June 21, 1996
Web posted at: 3:00 p.m. EDT

HELENA, Montana (CNN) -- A federal judge ordered the transfer of Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski to California to face charges in four bombings.

U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell ordered marshals to transport Kaczynski to Sacramento where he has been indicted on charges related to the bombings, which killed two people and injured two others.

To facilitate the transfer to California, Lovell also signed a routine order dismissing the original charges Kaczynski had been held on since his arrest April 3.

After a search of his remote mountain cabin, federal authorities in Montana had charged the former mathematics professor with possession of bomb-making materials.

Federal authorities, describe Kaczynski, 54, as the chief suspect in a series of bombings attributed to the Unabomber that began in 1978, killing three people and wounding 23.

The California indictment, filed Tuesday, alleges that Kaczynski mailed or planted four bombs that killed timber industry lobbyist Gilbert Murray and computer store owner Hugh Scrutton and injured two others. Kaczynski could face the death penalty if convicted.

Kaczynski, appeared to be smiling and relaxed as he spoke with his attorneys before the hearing. He answered the judge in the affirmative when asked if he was being treated well, but did not otherwise address the court. He declined to answer reporters' questions as he entered the federal building.

U.S. marshals were expected to transport Kaczynski from Helena to Sacramento early next week.

CNN Correspondent Susan Candiotti and The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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