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Trial set for Cornelia woman facing explosives charges
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Celia Savage

Trial is set for next month for a Cornelia woman facing federal explosives and gun charges after federal agents raided her home in May.

Celia Alchemy Savage is scheduled to appear Dec. 17 before a federal judge in Gainesville for the start of a jury trial.

When they raided her home, federal agents found two pipe bombs and a number of guns, as well as illegal drug paraphernalia and suspected marijuana, suspected methamphetamine and numerous pills. She told agents she had used marijuana the day before and had used methamphetamine two months before, authorities have said.

A criminal complaint said Savage referred to the room where the items were found as her "lab." While being transported by officers to be interviewed, Savage agreed to speak with an FBI agent without her attorney present, according to the complaint. The agent asked Savage what there was to do around the Cornelia area.

According to the complaint, Savage responded with "blow things up." She then told agents she likes to make pipe bombs and blow up toilets in the woods near her home.

She told the agents she knew it was wrong or against the law to make the devices, but said it was her hobby and she is passionate about it.

During the investigation, federal agents also found that Savage had made several posts about explosives on her social networking site, including "There is no problem that cannot be solved by the use of high explosives." She also described herself as not "one for selective targeting but mass destruction."

Savage’s attorney, federal public defender Jake Waldrop, has said he believes prosecutors misinterpreted her anti-government Facebook postings and were too aggressive in going after her.

Waldrop said in July that Savage looks forward to telling a jury her side of the story.

She has been out of jail on bond since July.

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