North Carolina man pleads not guilty to making Capitol bomb threat
North Carolinian Floyd Ray Roseberry pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges of threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction and explosive materials after he allegedly claimed to possess an armed bomb near the U.S. Capitol on Aug. 19, according to Reuters.
Why it matters: A federal judge declared Wednesday that Roseberry is mentally competent to stand trial after he was ordered to undergo a competency evaluation in August because of his history of mental illness.
The big picture: Roseberry livestreamed his threat to detonate a bomb inside his truck near the Library of Congress on Facebook.
- During the stream, he expressed multiple anti-government views and said he was starting a revolution and was "ready to die for the cause."
Police did not find an explosive device in Roseberry's truck after he surrendered but said it contained undisclosed bomb-making materials.
- A competency test was ordered after Roseberry said he was unable to take his "mind medicine" and that his memory "isn't that well."
- He was deemed competent to stand trial after new medication stabilized his symptoms, according to Reuters.
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