Jury selection got under way Monday for the trial of an East County man accused of booby-trapping his wife's pickup truck with a pipe bomb in an attempt to kill her.
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Larry Hoagland, 50, faces life in prison if convicted of attempted murder and other counts in the Sept. 23, 2010, alleged attack on his wife, Connie.
The victim suffered burns, broken bones and other injuries when a pipe bomb planted under the dashboard of her pickup went off as she got in to leave work at a daycare facility in Rancho San Diego.
According to evidence presented at a preliminary hearing last October, Hoagland -- a photographer -- had plans to leave his family and move to Pennsylvania to be with his high school sweetheart, with whom he had renewed a romantic relationship.
"This guy was the last guy you'd expect to do something like this
Nothing came before his kids and his family," said Paul Nestor, a former colleague. "He would never shoot anything for me if he had a family event that day, a chance to spend time with his kids or a chance to be with his church... even if it paid a lot. He wouldn't do it."
A former client, Bonnie Schwartz, told 10News, "It's still hard to imagine that the person I knew for many, many years... could have gone down this path."
Prosecutors allege the defendant checked out websites on how to make a bomb prior to the attack.
Hoagland, who was arrested five days after the attack, is being held without bail in the George Bailey Detention Facility, according to jail records.
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