More than three years after a bank robbery suspect in Erie, Pa., was killed when a bomb locked around his neck exploded, a federal prosecutor has summoned investigators to meet today in Pittsburgh to help her determine whether to file charges in the case. U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan says her meeting with investigators from the FBI, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Pennsylvania State Police indicates that the probe into the bizarre death of Brian Wells, 46, is nearly complete.
A federal grand jury in Erie has heard testimony from “numerous” witnesses, Buchanan says, adding that the probe has been complicated by the deaths of at least two potential witnesses. The death of Wells, a pizza deliveryman, received national attention because it occurred on live television and because of the many questions it left. No one has been arrested in the case, and it remains unclear whether Wells was a willing participant in a bank robbery plot that went awry or was the unwitting victim of a such a plot.