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The Latest: Man released after arrest tied to California blast

LOS ANGELES – The Latest on the case against a Southern California man who had faced with explosives charges after an explosion killed his ex-girlfriend (all times are local):

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A Southern California man was arrested on suspicion of having explosives after an explosion killed his ex-girlfriend at her day spa has been freed after prosecutors drop the charges.

A spokesman for the U. S. attorney’s office, says Stephen Beal was released from jail Sunday after a judge approved the dismissal of a single charge of a day earlier.

Beal was arrested during the investigation of the May 15 bombing that killed Ildiko Krajnyak in her Orange County spa, but he was never named as a suspect in the blast.

Prosecutors say that a further evaluation by the FBI raises questions about whether explosive material found in Beal’s home can be considered a “destructive device” under the law.

The Orange County district attorney’s office says it will release an update on the investigation later in the day.

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10:15 pm

Plaintiffs are asking a judge to dismiss against a Southern California man was arrested on suspicion of having explosives after an explosion killed his ex-girlfriend at her day spa.

Prosecutors filed papers Saturday in the U. S. District Court to throw out a single count of possession of a non-destructive device against Stephen Beal.

Beal was arrested during the investigation of the bombing that killed Ildiko Krajnyak on May 15 in her Orange County spa, but he was never named as a suspect in the blast.

The researchers said at the time of his arrest that they had discovered improvised explosive devices in his Long Beach home.

Court papers say a further evaluation by the FBI raises questions about whether the material found in his home can be considered a “destructive device.”

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This post has been corrected to show that the court papers were submitted on Saturday, not on Tuesday.

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