By Darrell Smith
Yolo County prosecutors say UC Davis researcher David Snyder had liquid and solid explosive materials and the components to detonate them when he triggered an explosion in his Davis apartment Jan. 17. He also had help, they allege.
"There was somebody who helped him," said Michael Cabral, assistant chief deputy district attorney, who is prosecuting the case, following Snyder's arraignment on explosives and weapons charges Thursday. Cabral said the person is connected to UC Davis, but is not a faculty member, and was questioned by authorities.
Earlier, his hand heavily bandaged, Snyder appeared for his arraignment in jail-issued uniform as his attorney Jessica Graves requested his bail be reduced. Snyder remains held at Yolo County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail pending a Feb. 8 bail hearing.
Graves maintained after the brief hearing that the Jan. 17 explosion at Snyder's apartment was the result of a "very unfortunate accident."
"We look forward to the process to clear his name," Graves said.