Accused bombmaker wants court-appointed lawyer
KINGMAN — The argument of an accused bombmaker’s indigency continues to bog down the nearly 2-year-old case.
Philip Krikorian Jr., 50, of Bullhead City, is charged with terrorism and three weapon charges for allegedly setting off several bombs in 2016 in the Bullhead City area. He also is charged in another case with another weapon charge and endangerment. He is being held on a $1.7 million bond.
Krikorian continued to claim Wednesday that he is indigent, again asked for a court-appointed attorney and claimed that the judge is violating his Sixth Amendment rights.
Superior Court Judge Richard Weiss said that the county Indigent Defense Services has contacted a Scottsdale law firm, which has reported billing rates at between $200 to $300 an hour.
Weiss said he has previously ruled that Krikorian has access to more than $110,000 in a Utah bank account. Weiss ruled that Krikorian is not indigent and is not entitled to a court-appointed attorney. With the prosecutor asking to move the case forward, Weiss set Krikorian’s next hearing for July 11.
Krikorian is accused of setting off a bomb Aug. 19, 2016, on Gemstone Avenue in Bullhead City. Witnesses saw a red Dodge pickup truck drive away. On Aug. 22, 2016, a surveillance camera recorded a man putting a bomb on the ground in an alley on Hancock Road, then walking away before it exploded. There were no injuries or damage in either bombing, Bullhead City police reported.
A similar red truck, reportedly registered to Krikorian, was seen traveling on Sept. 4, 2016, on Highway 95. Police went to Krikorian’s Diamond Drive house and found materials on his porch believed to have been used in the Aug. 22, 2016, explosion. Police searched Krikorian’s home and found incendiary devices and several completed improvised explosive devices that were ready for use. Police also found a pistol in the home.
The charges in the second case allege that Krikorian set off a bomb on Nov. 20, 2015, in a vacant lot next to his home in the 1800 block of Diamond Drive. A neighboring mobile home was damaged by that blast.