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Man to trial for grow house and explosives
January 30, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

A Brisbane man charged with keeping a large stash of dynamite in his home after officers responded to a domestic disturbance call pleaded not guilty yesterday to several charges including possession of explosives, possession of explosives in a residence, possession of marijuana for sale and child endangerment.

William Myles Harrell, 46, is also charged with two felonies stemming from his alleged maintenance of a marijuana grow house on the coast.  

On Tuesday, Harrell pleaded not guilty to all charges and set an April 29 trial date.

The grow house was uncovered after Harrell's Oct. 1, 2012 arrest for allegedly keeping 145 pounds of commercial-grade explosives and a gallon-size bag of marijuana in a locked closet. Police had gone to his residence on Cliff Swallow Court on reports of a domestic disturbance with his live-in girlfriend. Authorities found no cause to arrest Harrell for the disturbance and he was set to leave in a taxi for his parents' Montara home until the girlfriend asked officers to follow her back inside. She told them Harrell kept a closet locked but she had a key made and grew concerned for her children's safety once she discovered the contents.

Inside, along with the explosives and marijuana, was reportedly $37,000 in cash.

Experts estimated the explosives were enough to destroy the neighborhood, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Authorities have not said why they think Harrell had the stash but believe he has ties to extremist groups.

Harrell posted $500,000 bail shortly after his arrest using proceeds from a gold bar sold by his mother, according to prosecutors.

He returns to court April 2 for a Superior Court review conference prior to beginning jury trial.


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