PORTLAND - A Bethany man accused of trying to blow up his home and kill his family was officially charged with five counts of attempted aggravated murder Wednesday.

James Speidel,36, appeared before a judge late Wednesday morning. The charges came after a grand jury reviewed evidence in the case.

Investigators believe Speidel cut the gas line at his Bethany home and fed it into the crawl space, making the house extremely flammable. Speidel's wife smelled the gas, called NWNatural and ran outside with her four kids, ages 3 to 9.

Deputies said there was enough gas built up inside that, had it ignited, would have badly damaged the house and neighboring homes.

Deputies later found Speidel in a field off Germantown Road and arrested him.

Speidel was held on $1.25 million bail.

His next court appearance is June 15, with trial set to begin June 19.

KGWReporterKatherine Cook contributed to this report

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