Lawyers Weigh in on Weapons of Mass Destruction Charge

The attorney for Jordan Pike, the Beaufort County teen charged with possession of weapons of mass destruction after authorities say he built and detonated acid bombs, is speaking out about the charge.

Pike's attorney is Wayland Sermons, Jr., of Washington. Sermons issued a statement Thursday, calling into question the charge in this case.

Sermons said, "This issue of charging a promising young man with a good job with violations of North Carolina general statute 14-288.8 is troubling to me and should be to all science teachers, parents, camp directors and budding scientists."

Sermons cites the statute as saying the term "weapons of mass death and destruction" does not include any device which is neither designed nor redesigned for use as a weapon.

We talked to the district attorney's office about Sermons statement. The DA’s office said the investigation revealed a violation of the law and they stand by the sheriff's investigation.