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Evaluation sought for man accused in bomb plot

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The attorney for an Illinois man accused in a failed plot to firebomb dozens of northeast Oklahoma churches wants a federal judge to order a mental evaluation before going to trial.

The four-page request filed this week in Tulsa federal court suggests 24-year-old Gregory Arthur Weiler II of Elk Grove Village, Ill., has been hospitalized numerous times over the past five years for various mental health issues, public defender Stephen Greubel wrote.

"(Weiler) has been diagnosed with depression disorder, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder," Greubel claims in the court motion, echoing concerns Weiler's family initially had after Weiler was arrested in October. "He has not taken prescribed medications for his conditions since 2010."

Weiler is accused of planning to destroy 48 churches in northeastern Oklahoma and preparing to launch the attacks from a tiny motel he was holed up in near Interstate 44 in Miami, Okla.

Greubel and a Weiler family representative did not immediately return calls seeking comment Thursday.

The request comes a week after Weiler was transferred from state custody in Miami, Okla., to federal custody in Tulsa because of the nature of his alleged crimes.

A federal grand jury indictment charges Weiler with one count of possessing an unregistered, destructive device, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. He has pleaded not guilty.

A previous evaluation ordered while Weiler was in state custody found him mentally fit to stand trial.

Federal prosecutors said Thursday they don't object to a new test.

"If a defendant I'm prosecuting has concerns, or his lawyer has concerns, about his mental competency, that's certainly something we want to flesh out before we go forward," Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Cyran said Thursday.

Investigators say they searched Weiler's motel room after two apartment maintenance men found a duffel bag in a trash bin behind the motel that contained bomb-making materials, such as bottles and a gas can. Authorities say they discovered instructions on how to make Molotov cocktails and hand-drawn sketches of the churches targeted.

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