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Father of Waseca teen accused in bomb plot discusses case

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John LaDue arriving for court hearing in Waseca on Wednesday morning John LaDue arriving for court hearing in Waseca on Wednesday morning
WASECA, Minn. (KTTC) --  In a hearing just over 15 minutes long in a Waseca courtroom Wednesday, 17-year-old John LaDue's defense team asked the judge to seal the 180-page personal journal police seized from his bedroom.

The motion was granted, keeping the journal, which apparently lays out a detailed plan for a deadly attack, away from the eye of the public.     

"It wasn't in the best interest of John La Due, it wasn't in the best interest of public safety, and it didn't further the cause of juvenile justice for the documents to be released at this time," said defense attorney Dawn Johnson.

A stack of papers containing transcripts of interviews with police, police reports, and other documents were entered into evidence. They will help the judge make a decision on whether there is probable cause to charge LaDue.

Outside the courthouse after court proceedings, the LaDue family spoke to the emotional situation at hand. 

"We're dealing with mourning the end of my son's childhood and we have no say in giving him any help," said John's father, David LaDue.

He described his son's attitude while being detained.

"I think he's starting to get stir crazy, he's doing everything he's supposed to do," David LaDue said. "He's got rigid thinking. It's partly hurt him and it's partially helping him now."

Amidst criticism that John's bedroom collection of explosives should not have gone unnoticed by his parents, David said there were no signs of trouble leading up to the incident.

"We try to monitor his activities but also give him space and respect. Obviously it was more than it should have been," he said.

Now, the teenager's every move is being monitored by guards at the Red Wing Juvenile Facility, awaiting the next hearing and eventually a trial, where a judge may be forced to find answers to questions that even a father can't find.

"Obviously he planned on it. But was he actually going to do it? We don't know that. That's the question we can't answer," said David LaDue.

LaDue will remain in the Red Wing Juvenile Facility until July 7, when the defense's brief on probable cause is due. On July 30, Judge Gerald Wolf will consider a key decision in this case on whether to try LaDue in adult court, or keep him in the juvenile system.

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