Victim of collar bomb a participant in robbery plot, sources say

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Brian Wells, the Pennsylvania pizza deliveryman who died when a bomb attached to his neck detonated, was involved in the plot that took his life, two sources with knowledge of the investigation said.

Brian Wells carries a plastic bag of cash after robbing a bank on August 28, 2003, in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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Charges against two other persons allegedly involved in the case were expected be announced at a Wednesday news conference, sources said. Wells died August 28, 2003, in Erie, Pennsylvania, after he claimed gunmen had grabbed him, locked the bomb around his neck and ordered him to rob a bank. After the robbery, he was detained, sat on the pavement and recounted the story to police. A bomb squad was called, but the device exploded before the squad arrived. Two sources said one of the individuals who will be indicted is Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, who has been linked to the case for years. Investigators have said the body of her boyfriend was found in a freezer in a home close to where Wells made his final delivery. Diehl-Armstrong is in prison after pleading guilty but mentally ill in the murder of her boyfriend.

One of the sources said the other person expected to be charged is Kenneth Barnes, whom the source described as a fishing buddy of Wells. One source said that the two people "are expected to be charged with conspiracy to commit bank robbery and using a firearm in connection with commission of a crime."
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The U.S. attorney, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI have scheduled a news conference Wednesday afternoon "to announce a major development in the investigation," according to a press advisory. The U.S. attorney's office and law enforcement agencies involved refused to comment because the case is still under seal. Earlier this week, Diehl-Armstrong's lawyer, public defender Thomas Patton, asked a judge to issue a gag order preventing a public news conference to announce the charges. He argued extensive media coverage would be damaging to his client's case. The attorney's motion said "it is anticipated that an indictment will be forthcoming shortly." He said in his court motion his client had been questioned in connection with the case. Neither Patton nor Diehl-Armstrong's personal attorney, Lawrence D'Ambrosio, returned calls for comment. D'Ambrosio said that Diehl-Armstrong is not guilty, according to The Associated Press. D'Ambrosio said Diehl-Armstrong may have been acquainted with some of the people involved in the case but did not know Wells or plan his death, AP reported. E-mail to a friend
CNN's Kelli Arena, Kevin Bohn and Carol Cratty contributed to this report. Copyright 2007 CNN. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Associated Press contributed to this report.

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