Plano Attempted Bombing Trial Begins

PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – The trial for the man who admitted to trying to blow up a natural gas pipeline begins today in federal court in Plano.

Jury selection started in the Anson Chi trial Monday morning. Chi is representing himself, after withdrawing his guilty plea earlier this year.

At the start of jury selection, Chi asked the judge to allow him to explain his theory about the case to the jury. But, the judge told him no and that he will have to wait until opening statements.

Chi is accused of possessing and maliciously destroying an Atmos Energy natural gas pipeline in Plano.

Police say he was injured when a homemade explosive device went off in a Plano neighborhood in June 2012. No one else was injured.

Last year, Chi pleaded guilty to possessing an explosive device that was not registered with the federal government but he later fired his attorneys and withdrew that plea.

Last month, a federal grand jury indicted Chi again, for lying in court.

A pool of 55 potential jurors is being questioned about whether or not they can serve. Chi is not being allowed to question any of them. The judge is doing all the questioning during jury selection.

Opening statements could take place later Monday afternoon or Tuesday.

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