Light ’09 to appear in court next month on bomb-making, weapons charges

The Calhoun College junior accused of stowing a cache of illegal weapons and bomb-making materials inside his fraternity house bedroom over the summer was excused from his court appearance Tuesday and will not return to court until next month, his attorney said.

David Light ’09 is facing dozens of counts of weapons and bomb-making charges stemming from a July incident inside the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house, when Light is said to have fired a handgun after a night of partying. A visitor to the fraternity reported Light to the police, who subsequently arrested Light and searched his bedroom. That search yielded several illegal assault weapons and a trove of chemicals and materials commonly used for bomb-making, the police said.

Light, 21, of Woodland Park, Colo., remains suspended from the University pending a hearing in front of the Executive Committee, the body that handles student discipline, Yale spokesman Tom Conroy said in an e-mail Tuesday.

Light is expected to plead not guilty to the charges. He is next scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 11, said his attorney, William F. Dow III ’63.

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