Dangerous right-winger built bombs, husband killed Deputy then suicided:
A Houston-area woman involved in a bloody deadly 2009 stand-off with local police was convicted of building over a hundred bombs from components she bought on the Ebay auction site.
Pamela Leggett, 31, of Anhuac in Chambers County, TX, pleaded guilty on March 30 to explosives and weapons charges in a two-year old case that saw a deputy sheriff killed and Leggett’s common-law husband commit suicide. The July 2009 deaths were the end of a three-year period that began when Leggett and her husband began accumulating a supply of precursor chemicals they used to build a total of 122 destructive devices. Some of those chemicals were bought on eBay, said the FBI. Some of the improvised explosive devices, contained pieces of rebar, nails and bullets intended to inflict maximum damage if they were detonated.
The charges and subsequent conviction arose from an altercation with local authorities on July 13, 2009, during which a deputy sheriff was shot and killed, said the FBI. Leggett shot at two utility workers who arrived at her residence to turn off the water service. Police responded to their 911 call and determined that a man woman and a child were in the house.
When one of the police entered the house, he was shot twice in the head through a wall and killed. So, why haven’t you heard of these dangerous bomb-making maniacs before, unless you live in Texas? Possibly because of this:
Ortez’s family members have asked activist Quanell X to take a closer look.
On Thursday, the activist retrieved dozens of spent shell casings from inside the Ortez home.
“It’s clear there was a violent shootout here,” Quanell X said.
Investigators retrieved over a hundred pipe bombs and other incendiary devices from the home, along with several weapons.They also found swastikas, which the gunman’s relatives claim Ortez collected out of a love of history.
“He was no white supremacist,” said Travis Jackson, the nephew of Ortez. “I used to hang out with him every day and can’t believe he’s gone.”
Ortez was a former police officer. Family members believe he must have been confused and startled to open fire on deputies.
But Chambers County investigators aren’t buying those claims.
Ortez had a criminal history, including several weapons charges.
I’m just saying that it’s pretty striking that news outlets seem somewhat uninterested in the actual ideological orientations of these . . . people.
But . . . did the presumed white Hispanic Aryan’s family conspire to lure activist Quanell X onto the premises, in hopes that he’d be ‘sploded? It’s the police’s fault:
But according to authorities, no amount of searching could have guaranteed success because the property was covered by enormous amounts of debris.
“There was just so much stuff to go through that, unfortunately, some of it was discovered later,” said Chambers County Sheriff Joe LaRive. “We don’t think anyone was ever in any real danger.”
An activist who spent time on the property remains unconvinced.
“We all could have exploded and been killed,” said Quanell X. “It’s the fault of the investigators and those who were in charge of that scene.”
Since November, no other explosive devices have been found on the property.
If all of this has you confused, I’m sure the FBI are eager to share whatever they found on computers.
CBSNews Crimesider seems to have made a good start, but their interest may have fizzled.
Via Gateway Pundit:
UPDATE: Related dangerous right-winger.