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Judge lowers bail for LAX bombing suspects

Both are due back in court Nov. 7

City News Service | 10/24/2013, midnight

A judge reduced bail Wednesday for two airport workers charged in connection with dry ice bomb explosions at Los Angeles International Airport.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz agreed to reduce Dicarlo Bennett’s bail from $1 million to $300,000, while co-defendant Miguel Angel Iniguez’s bail was lowered from $500,000 to $100,000, according to Deputy District Attorney Sean Carney.

However, both men remained jailed late Wednesday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Inmate Information Center website.

Bennett and Iniguez are due back at the Airport Branch Courthouse in Los Angeles Nov. 7, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require the two to stand trial. Bennett, 28, of Paramount, is charged with two felony counts of possession of a destructive device in a public place, while his supervisor, Miguel Angel Iniguez, 41, of Inglewood, is charged with one felony count of possession of a destructive device near an airplane.

Bennett, who worked as a ramp supervisor, allegedly placed two dry ice bombs near LAX terminals on Oct. 13. One exploded in an employee restroom in Terminal 2. The second, which didn’t detonate, was placed outside the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Airport operations were disrupted, but no one was injured.

Police alleged Bennett planted the devices as a prank and because he was curious to see what would happen.

Iniguez allegedly made a third explosive device that detonated outside the Tom Bradley terminal but caused no injuries.

The two worked for Servisair, an airport service company that provides a variety of ground services, including aircraft cleaning and cargo handling.