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Police in Smith murder case warn of explosive devices

GARDINER (WGME) -- Police say they are looking into a second case involving Leroy Smith III, 26, of Gardiner.  Police in Gardiner are warning people to look out for evidence of potentially harmful explosive devices. They believe Smith might have left pyrotechnic devices around the area.

Smith is accused of brutally murdering his father at their apartment in Gardiner and then burying the body in Richmond.  He made his first court appearance in Augusta Thursday.  He did not enter a plea.  Court paper work describes a gruesome murder.  Click here for details on the affidavit.

Police believe Smith may have left devices around Cannard Street in South Gardiner and along Route 24 near the train trestle in Richmond.  They believe Smith might have put the explosives in those areas to track where people were walking.  He told police he was looking for a place to grow marijuana.

Police say the devices might look like cardboard tubes with duct tape and fishing line attached. They say if you see anything like that, don't touch it, and call police.