Explosives case headed to trial

GREENFIELD — Plea negotiations in the case against a 20-year-old New Palestine man accused of making homemade explosives hit a wall Thursday, and a trial is scheduled for next month.

Michael Niemier, who was arrested in July on a Class C felony charge of possession of a destructive device, appeared headed to trial following a hearing in Hancock Circuit Court Thursday afternoon.

Niemier, who is represented by his father, attorney William Niemier, was scheduled to take a plea agreement at Thursday’s hearing, but the state and defense have so far not been able to agree on the terms, Prosecutor Michael Griffin said.

“There’s been a lot of investment of time by the defense in negotiating, and we’ve tried to be responsive,” Griffin said.

But the prosecutor’s office has now made its final offer, he said.

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