CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on the competency hearing for Capitol terror plot suspect Christopher Lee Cornell (all times local):
A psychologist who has met repeatedly with a suburban Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of the Islamic State group says he has begun referring to himself again by his birth name and appears competent to stand trial.
The testimony by the defense witness Monday came during a competency hearing in Cincinnati for Christopher Lee Cornell, whose attorneys had raised questions about his mental state.
U.S. District Judge Sandra Beckwith says she will review testimony and evaluation reports, but is moving ahead with plans to set a trial date.
Cornell has been held without bond since his January 2015 arrest near Cincinnati. He has pleaded not guilty to charges including attempted murder of U.S. officials and employees.
A federal judge will hear arguments and testimony on whether an Ohio man charged with plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of the Islamic State group is competent to stand trial.
U.S. District Judge Sandra Beckwith earlier ordered a mental evaluation of 22-year-old Christopher Lee Cornell after his attorneys raised questions about his mental state. Evaluation reports for both sides have been filed under seal.
Defense attorney Martin Pinales (pi-NEL’-us) said Monday’s hearing will be “an important factor in getting this case resolved.”
There’s no trial date for Cornell, who has been held without bond since his January 2015 arrest near Cincinnati. He has pleaded not guilty to four charges, including attempted murder of U.S. officials and employees. His father has said he was misled and coerced by “a snitch.”
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