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MAN ACCUSED OF THREATENING CLINTON HAS DATE WITH COURT

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A man accused of threatening President Clinton's life and possessing numerous bombs and firearms has been given a Dec. 26 trial date in U.S. District Court.

On Feb. 2, David Shane Shelby was indicted by a federal grand jury in Utah on the presidential threat count, and charges he illegally possessed nine homemade explosive devices and seven firearms.A federal grand jury in Indiana also has indicted Shelby on charges of threatening to kill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore.

Shelby, who was given his trial date Thursday by U.S. District Judge David Winder, was being held in federal custody pending trial.

He was found competent to stand trial in August after a medical evaluation at a federal corrections center in Springfield, Mo.

However, Salt Lake defense attorney Joseph Fratto says he still may argue temporary insanity on his client's behalf, contending Shelby might have been mentally impaired at the time of the alleged crimes.

The 29-year-old Kentucky native was arrested Jan. 25 in Ogden as he allegedly tried to mail a light-bulb bomb to Clinton and a handgun to California mass murderer Charles Manson.

Investigators say Shelby has an extensive criminal record dating back at least eight years, including convictions on nine residential burglaries in Indiana in 1989.

Court records contain 11 known aliases thought to have been used by Shelby.