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Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 4:30 am

A Fort Hood is soldier currently facing federal explosives charges and asked his wife to hide the evidence, according to court documents released last week.

Spc. Jason Alan Garthwaite Sr., of Copperas Cove, was arrested in September after investigators found a bag containing pipe bombs and bomb-making materials at his residence.

Documents filed by the U.S. Attorney’s office stated Garthwaite sent his wife text messages while he was at Fort Hood’s Criminal Investigation Division office Sept. 10. The documents stated that in one of those messages, Garthwaite asked his wife if she would hide a bag containing the suspected pipe bombs.

Garthwaite’s wife went to the Copperas Cove Police Department and reported the texts.

When officers searched the bag, they found eight pipe bombs. A search of the house by ATF agents and Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal personnel revealed partially constructed pipe bombs, along with materials for a homemade anti-personnel mine, and materials and components to manufacture more.

Garthwaite’s wife also told police her husband’s interest in “doomsday preparation” began about two months before his arrest. He’d also “expressed anti-goverment and conspiracy theories.”

His trial is expected to start in February.

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