ST. LOUIS • A husband and wife attorney team are suing a former law partner and another man, saying they built a bomb and planted it outside their home in St. Louis near Carondelet Park.
Beth and Thomas Darin Boggs filed the suit today in St. Louis Circuit Court against the former law partner, Mark Bates, and an unidentified co-conspirator called Adam Doe in the suit.
The suit accuses Bates, of Kirkwood, of forging documents and stealing while at the law firm, “which was a source of animosity between the parties.” They said Bates and the co-conspirator planned the bombing on Oct. 1, 2010. It says Bates went to a Home Depot in Ferguson a week or so before the bombing to buy pipe, end caps and lacquer thinner.
He or the co-conspirator doused the back of the Boggs' home with lacquer thinner and set one pipe bomb by the garage and another at the back of the house beside a propane tank. The bombs exploded, the back of the house caught fire, and the house sustained more than $10,000 in damages, as well as damage to a car and other personal property.
The plaintiffs have had to add a surveillance to their home and extra workers at their office for security reason. The suit says unidentified third parties helped him with his plans.
The Boggs' suit includes claims of battery, assault, emotional distress, and is asking for unspecified damages.
No criminal charges have been filed in the case.