A Jackson man accused of detonating a homemade explosive will have a new preliminary hearing involving a charge of assault of a police officer. 44-year-old David Salzmann was back in court last week, where his defense objected to a new charge being added to his case in which he detonated a homemade bomb during an alleged suicide attempt. Salzmann detonated the bomb inside a car parked outside a house where his estranged wife was staying on North Spanish Street. No one but Salzmann was injured. Representatives from the ATF concluded the bomb was too poorly constructed to pose a serious threat to anyone but him. Salzmann will have a preliminary hearing on October 3rd where a new class C felony charge of assaulting a police officer will be added to the case. Salzmann had plead not guilty to the original charges of second degree assault of a police officer, unlawful possession of a weapon and violation of an order of protection in July. Court records say that Salzmann’s new hearing will only involve the felony assault of a police officer.
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