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DA: Motive for Ala. bunker standoff still unclear

Alabama Bunker
Posted at 5:30 PM, Feb 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-08 17:30:00-05

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — A prosecutor says authorities may never know why a south Alabama man killed a school bus driver and held a 5-year-old boy hostage for six days in an underground bunker.

District Attorney Kirke Adams said Friday that 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes wanted to go on live television to make a statement, but he never told negotiators exactly what he wanted to say.

Dykes was due in court the day after the standoff began for a hearing on a menacing case filed in December after he allegedly fired a gun at neighbors.

Meanwhile, authorities are digging around the site where Dykes held the boy hostage before he was killed in an FBI operation that rescued the boy.