A Kentucky man and a Madison woman both appeared for initial hearings in Jefferson Circuit Court Friday afternoon after being charged with bomb-making in connection with a homemade explosive device found beside a Jefferson County highway last October and another device recovered at a downtown Madison home on Wednesday.
Cameron M. Kinser, 32, of Crestwood, Kentucky, has been charged with two counts of possession, manufacture, transportation or distribution of a destructive device, both Level 5 felonies and visiting a common nuisance, a Class B misdemeanor.
Kinser appeared before Circuit Judge DJ Mote in a Zoom hearing from the Jefferson County Jail on Friday.
After considering testimony by Jefferson County Chief Deputy Joshua Taylor and ISP Master Trooper Rick Stockdale, an explosives technician who responded to both scenes, Mote entered a “not guilty” plea on Kinser’s behalf but set bond at $500,000 full cash.
Sadie Elaine Wells, 26, of Madison, has been charged with one count of possession, manufacture, transportation or distribution of a destructive device, a Level 5 felony, and possession of a syringe or needle, a Level 6 felony, and lodged in the Jefferson County Jail. Mote also entered a “not guilty” plea on her behalf and set bond at $1,500 cash.
The charges were filed after Madison Police, responded Wednesday to a disturbance call at a residence in the 1000 block of East Street in downtown Madison and discovered a homemade explosive device. The ensuing investigation and interviews with witnesses then linked that device to a similar bomb recovered on Oct. 25, 2020, just off the side of State Road 250 near the intersection of US 421.
According to Taylor, the sheriff’s office has been investigating the October case ever since and had identified Kinser as a suspect in November but it wasn’t until the second explosive device was recovered on Wednesday that charges were brought. When Kinser was arrested at the Presidential Estates on Madison’s hilltop police found a small amount of methamphetamine in his possession.
The first device, which included sheet metal screws, explosive material, a power source and wiring packaged in a plastic lunch box secured with tape, was recovered after Stockdale inspected and X-rayed the device and then used a “water disruption shot” to render it safe. The second device involved a metal pipe, timer and switch contained in a plastic index card box. Although there was no explosive material inside the pipe, there was residue of explosive material inside the box and additional residue in a bedroom of the home where the device was recovered.
Madison Police Detective Kyle Cutshaw and Patrolman Cameron Blankenship began the investigation into the device on Wednesday with Stockdale and other officers assistingat the scene.
Kinser faces up to six years on each count related to the destructive device charge and up to 180 days jail on the misdemeanor. However, Taylor testified that Kinser has previous convictions in Kentucky for burglary-third degree and second-degree escape as well as a felony warrant pending from Clark County, Indiana.
Wells faces up to six years on the destructive device charge and six months to 2 1/2 year on the possession charge.
The cases were initially scheduled for hearings in Jefferson Superior Court but newly seated Superior Court Judge Blaine Goode, a former deputy prosecutor who just took his oath on Dec. 30, had to recuse himself due to a potential conflict. Both cases have now been transferred to Circuit Court where Mote has scheduled pretrial hearings for Wednesday afternoon.
The case is still under investigation and additional charges could be forthcoming.