David City Man Pleads No Contest to July 4 Explosion Charges
(7-8-14) A 63-year-old David City man has made a deal with prosecutors and been convicted of seven counts stemming from a pipe bomb explosion that seriously injured a teenage relative on Independence Day last year.
Russell Hilger pleaded no contest in Polk County District Court. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 3.
Prosecutors say Hilger stuffed a 2-foot-long steel pipe with gunpowder and towels and lit what was meant to be an enormous firecracker at a family gathering at Ernst Lake. The blast sprayed shrapnel that tore into the abdomen of Hilger's great-niece, 14-year-old Lauren Campbell.