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Two More Indicted In Clinic Bombings

May 22, 1986 GMT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Two anti-abortion activists have been indicted on charges stemming from the firebombings of two abortion clinics and an attempted attack on a third, authorities say.

Charles A. Cheshire Jr., 23, was indicted Wednesday on three counts of conspiracy in the attacks on the Acadian Women’s Clinic, Delta Women’s Clinic and River City Women’s Clinic, said U.S. Attorney Stanford O. Bardwell Jr.

John David Newchurch, 25, of Baton Rouge, was indicted on two counts of conspiracy in the fires at Delta Women’s and River City.

Cheshire, of Zachary, was described in the indictment as a leading anti- abortion activist in the Word Fellowship Church. It said he recruited Newchurch and Derrick Jarreau, 22, of Prairieville, also church members, in the plan to burn abortion clinics.

Jarreau then recruited another member, Brent Paul Braud, 22, also of Prairieville. Jarreau and Braud pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy to set fire to Acadian Women’s Clinic on March 13. The clinic did not burn.

In a plea bargain, the pair agreed to testify for the government, and were granted immunity from prosecution, said Jim Adamcik, an agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

″I knew it was coming,″ said the Rev. David Diamond, pastor of the Word Fellowship Church. ″Here is a church that is very vocal against abortion. If they prove we are crazy people they win another round for abortionists.″

Diamond denied any association between his church and the attacks.

Cheshire faces up to 25 years in prison and $500,000 in fines if convicted on all counts. Newchurch faces up to 15 years and $500,000 in fines.