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Judge orders hearing for man in US mosque plot

Judge orders hearing for man in US mosque plot

A judge has ordered a competency hearing for a mentally ill Vietnam War veteran accused of planning to attack a Michigan mosque with fireworks.
Roger Stockham, of Imperial Beach, California, was to stand trial in Michigan on Tuesday on terrorism and explosives charges for allegedly plotting to detonate powerful fireworks at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn.
Wayne County Circuit Judge Bruce Morrow ordered a competency hearing for Stockham after learning the 63-year-old sent a letter to the center last week.
Defense attorney Matthew Evans says Stockham's letter was a "rant" but didn't threaten violence.
Stockham was arrested Jan. 24 outside the mosque. He says he only planned to spray-paint an anti-Iraq war message.
Stockham has several prior convictions and suffers from bipolar and post-traumatic stress disorders.


Updated : 2021-05-16 05:56 GMT+08:00