Crime and Courts
10:34 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Federal Prosecutors Seek More Time To File Motion In Case Against 'Wichita Bomb Plot' Suspect

Federal prosecutors are seeking more time to file a key motion in their case against a Wichita man who is accused of plotting a suicide bombing at Wichita's Mid-Continent airport.

Avionics technician Terry Loewen has pleaded not guilty to charges including attempting to give material support to al-Qaida.

Loewen was arrested Dec. 13 after allegedly trying to bring a van filled with inert explosives onto the tarmac at Mid-Continent Airport, where he worked.

The arrest followed a months-long federal sting operation.

Prosecutors had a deadline to file a motion under the federal Classified Information Procedures Act on Friday, which lays out the handling of national security material in such cases.

On Thursday, they requested a 45-day extension, arguing the filing requires coordination and approval from officials at high levels of government.