Judge limits evidence in Kansas explosives case

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has limited the government from presenting evidence of the survivalist beliefs of a Kansas veteran accused of possessing unregistered destructive devices.

The ruling came before the start of jury selection Tuesday in the trial of Alfred Dutton, a 67-year-old veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Marines. Authorities found hand grenades during a 2011 search of his Eureka apartment prompted by a tip from his ex-wife’s boyfriend.

Dutton was preparing for the collapse of the world economy by stockpiling supplies, nonperishable foods, firearms and other items.

U.S. District Judge told attorneys that he is not going to let them try the case on Dutton’s beliefs. He said the government may present evidence only directly related to the manufacture of destructive devices.

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