Ivaylo Ivanov — who allegedly spray-painted swastikas along Remsen Street in Spetember 2007 and was later discovered to have an arsenal of explosives in his nearby apartment — appeared in Brooklyn criminal court on Monday morning for a pre-trial hearing.
Ivanov has pleaded not guilty to the incidents, which include charges of graffiti, criminal mischief, and bias crimes, and is currently held on $300,000 bail. On Monday, he stood quietly with his hands handcuffed behind his back, dressed in a thick beige sweater, black pants, and sporting a thin goatee.
Ivanov is also charged in a separate case of criminal possession of explosives, which were discovered when he called cops after accidentally blowing off part of his finger in January 2008.
The prosecutor, Mark Posner, asked Judge Vincent Del Guidice to consolidate Ivanov’s two cases, but Ivanov’s attorney, Bernard Kleinman, protested.
“The jury’s prejudice would be overwhelming if he was found to have IEDs and other explosives, and was spreading hate around the neighborhood,” Kleinman said outside of court, just after the hearing. “I’d rather the two cases be tried separately.”
Judge Del Guidice told each side to file motions and be back in court on June 8.
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