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Report shows former West paramedic, blast not linked

WEST, TX (KXXV) -

A former West paramedic remains jailed for having bomb-making materials, but a new report shows no evidence linking him to the fertilizer plant explosion.

31-year-old Bryce Reed was arrested by federal agents back in May.

McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna says a recently released Texas Rangers report shows no evidence that links Reed with the blast.  Reyna added that he does have more material to review.

Reed's attorney, Jonathan Sibley, says this news comes as no surprise, "Bryce was just as broken up and it was just as big a tragedy to him.  He lost friends, he lost family.  So we want to be clear that one had nothing to with the other, but also that he's not guilty of these charges and we look forward to addressing this in court."

Reed was relieved of his duties with West EMS for unspecified reasons two days after the plant explosion.

He recently completed a court-ordered mental evaluation.  Reed pleaded not guilty to the bomb-making material possession charges.  His trial is set for later this month.  

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Statement from McLennan County DA Abel Reyna:

"I am currently in the process of reviewing the report from the Texas Rangers regarding the alleged possession of a prohibited weapon by Bryce A. Reed.  The focus of the Rangers' investigation was Mr. Reed's alleged possession of a prohibited weapon several days after the fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer Plant, not the cause and origin of the West Fertilizer Plant disaster.  The Texas Rangers did a thorough investigation regarding Mr. Reed's alleged possession of a prohibited weapon and have provided me with numerous reports and material.  Based on the information I have reviewed thus far, I have not seen any credible evidence linking Bryce Reed's alleged possession of a prohibited weapon to the fire and subsequent explosion at the West Fertilizer Plant; however, I still have additional material to review."

 

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