2 men arrested in truck bombing in North Alabama

PARRISH, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say murder-for-hire was the motive behind a plot that left a Parrish man seriously injured when a remote control bomb exploded in his truck.

A complaint filed in federal court says 52-year-old Michael Clayton Earnest and 42-year-old Keith Lawson, both of Northport, have been charged with criminal possession of a destructive device in connection with the July 29 bombing that injured Frank Weems Jr.

Jim Cavanaugh, special agent in charge of the Birmingham office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said Tuesday the men used a GPS system to track Weems.

The complaint says Lawson was heard saying before the bombing that he had been paid $10,000 to kill "someone near Jasper."

The person who hired the two has not been arrested.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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