A Fort Benning sniper pleaded not guilty this morning to charges he stashed explosives in his Columbus apartment.
Stuart L. Adcock, 23, of the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, was indicted last week in federal court on one count of transporting a fragmentation grenade and one count of lying to a federal agent.
Adcock's fiancée, Megan Wencel, also is charged with one count of lying to agents about the explosives. She also pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Adcock was jailed Jan. 20 after federal agents searched his apartment off Milgen Road. He was released Jan. 27 on $10,000 bond but must remain within his unit on Fort Benning until trial.
Wencel was released this morning on a $5,000 recognizance bond.
The charges stemmed from a message the FBI received last month from Matthew D. Black, an estranged in-law of Adcock’s in Creedmoor, N.C., who claimed he had seen Adcock with a fragmentation grenade.
Adcock initially denied having the explosives, authorities said, but he agreed to a search of his apartment. As the agents were on their way to the apartment, Adcock called Wencel and allegedly asked her to conceal the explosives.