Alexandria alleged bomber pleads 'not guilty' at arraignment

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - An Alexandria man accused of setting off a January explosion in an attempt to extort $10,000 from Payday Today on MacArthur Drive was arraigned in federal court on Tuesday.

Daniel Aikens, 37, pleaded "not guilty" to a single count of "making threats by mail or telephone." The arraignment took just a matter of minutes as magistrate Judge Joseph Perez-Montes explained the charge Aikens faced in the indictment against him. Aikens will remain detained as his case works its way through the Western District.

Aikens is being represented by federal public defender James Klock. The case is being prosecuted by Jamilla Bynog.

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