Henry Allen Jr., president of the Colorado Springs branch of the NAACP, said Murphy's professed motive is pocked with holes and appears to be a way to decrease a possible stiffer penalty.
Even the timing of the Jan. 6 bombing seems to point to the NAACP
office as being the target, Allen
The office had taken a holiday break beginning Dec. 23.
Office phone messages and a note posted on the door said it was to reopen on Jan. 6 - the day of the bombing.
"It's very suspicious to me.
That can't be a coincidence," Allen
"Why did he
wait until the day the office was reopened?
Why didn't he
bomb it over the Christmas vacation?"
Allen, who worked 14 years as an El Paso County sheriff's deputy, mostly as a patrol officer, said suspects often play down their motives for committing a crime because it affects the length of their sentence.
Allen said on the day of the explosion, two NAACP volunteers and the building owner, Gene Southerland, were the only people working in the building at 603 S. El Paso St. It contains only two operating businesses, the NAACP and Southerland's hair salon, called Mr. G's Hair Design Studio.
, who has been attending meetings or working in the building since 1998, said a tax business has not operated at the building for at least the past 17 years.