Tort Law

Lawyer Couple's Suit Accuses Former Law Partner in Bombing Outside Their Home

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A civil suit filed Monday alleges a lawyer helped carry out a pipe bombing outside the St. Louis home of two of his former law partners.

The suit filed by Beth and Thomas Darin Boggs claims their former law partner Mark Bates planned and carried out the 2010 bombing with the help of an unidentified co-conspirator, report the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and KTVI.

The suit includes a surveillance video purporting to show Bates buying lacquer and pipe in a Home Depot the week before the explosion.

The suit alleges Bates had animosity toward his partners because he was caught stealing and forging documents. The lawyers’ firm was called Boggs, Boggs and Bates; the 2006 shooting death of another lawyer there remains unsolved.

The law firm where Bates most recently worked told KTVI that he left a month ago. The broadcast station was unable to reach him at his home in Kirkwood, Mo.

No criminal charges have been filed against Bates. A judge refused to grant the couple a protective order against Bates last year after he cited the Fifth Amendment and refused to answer several questions at the hearing.

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