Suspected Jackson County DA bomber will be prosecuted in federal court

The man charged with arson for allegedly igniting a bomb outside the Jackson County District Attorney's Office last month allegedly so he could miss a court hearing will have his case prosecuted in federal court.

Federal prosecutors have filed charges in U.S. District Court against Allen Leroy McVay, making state prosecution for the same alleged crimes moot.

McVay had been charged in state court, but the district attorney's office announced this afternoon that they dropped the state case against McVay. McVay's indictment in state court has been dismissed.

When cases go from state to federal court, it is common that the state drop its case. Having McVay prosecuted federally also resolves any potential conflict of interest because the district attorney's office is considered the victim in the bombing, prosecutors said in an afternoon news release.

Although Medford Police Department is the lead agency on this case, the FBI and other federal agents have worked with Medford investigators on the case.

— Mark Freeman

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