A federal judge granted a continuance Tuesday in Bryce Reed’s case, pushing back the trial date for the former West paramedic charged with possession of materials to make a small pipe bomb.
Reed had been set on U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith Jr.’s plea docket for this week before his attorney, Jonathan Sibley, asked for the continuance Monday.
Smith granted the motion Tuesday and moved Reed’s trial from Aug. 19 to Sept. 23.
Sibley said Reed never intended to plead guilty and is looking forward to trial.
“We are glad the judge granted the motion so we could have more time to evaluate all the evidence,” Sibley said. “He is back in Waco and looking forward to being able to address the allegations against him and preparing for his day in court, where we get a chance to present his case.”
Reed is a former paramedic and Abbott volunteer firefighter who said he helped evacuate residents near the West Fertilizer Co. plant before and after the April 17 explosion that leveled much of the rural community.
Reed recently was transferred from the private Jack Harwell Detention Center to the McLennan County Jail, where Sibley said he is being kept in a segregation cell because of the high-profile nature of the case.
The 31-year-old spent six weeks in a federal medical facility in Fort Worth under court-ordered evaluation. He returned to the Waco jail last month.
McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna said Monday that a comprehensive Texas Ranger report on Reed after his arrest in the alleged pipe bomb case contains no evidence linking Reed to the fire and explosion at the fertilizer plant.