Federal prosecutors have decided to seek a trial for Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski in northern California, The Sacramento Bee reported today.
Kaczynski could soon be moved from his Montana jail cell to Sacramento, according to the newspaper, which cited federal sources.Federal prosecutors will seek to indict Kaczynski later this month on charges related to two killings in Sacramento, where he would stand trial. He has yet to be charged with any of the Unabomber attacks, which have killed three people and injured 23 over the past 18 years.
Kaczynski, a hermit who worked briefly as a math professor in the 1960s, has so far been charged only with possessing bomb-making components. He has been jailed in Helena without bond since his April 3 arrest while investigators search his Montana cabin for evidence.
Justice Department sources have said that items found in the cabin, such as scrap metal, pipes, bombs, triggering devices and detonators, link him to the Unabomber attacks.
The two Unabomber victims from Sacramento were Hugh Scrutton, a computer-store owner killed in 1985, and Gilbert Murray, a lobbyist for the timber industry killed in 1995.
The Unabomber is also blamed for the death of New Jersey advertising executive Thomas Mosser in 1994.
U.S. Attorney Charles Stevens of Sacramento would not comment on the newspaper's report. FBI and Justice Department spokesmen also declined comment.
Kaczynski's lawyer, Anthony Gallagher, was unaware of any trial site decision.
"We haven't heard anything of that nature and we're proceeding with the charges here in Montana," Gallagher told the newspaper.
If Kaczynski is indicted, a federal judge will determine when the trial will be held.