Friend says IU student changed after using LSD

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A probable cause affidavit says a 20-year-old Indiana University accused of trying to make a bomb was described by a friend as a “happy-go-lucky guy” until he began taking LSD last fall.

The Indianapolis Star reports the friend told police that 20-year-old Ryder Pickens has not been right since. He became a “recluse,” and began talking about robots and drones taking over the world. The friend says Pickens became “suicidal.”

Pickens has pleaded not guilty and is being held on a $1 million surety bond. He is charged with attempted manufacture of an explosive device, which carries up to eight years in prison. He has pleaded not guilty.

A bail review hearing is scheduled for Wednesday and a pretrial hearing is set for March 27. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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