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 of his client before going to trial.
The request filed in Tulsa federal court this week 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.
The request comes a week after Weiler was transferred from state custody in Miami, Okla., to federal custody in the northern district of Oklahoma because of the nature of his alleged crimes.
A previous evaluation ordered while Weiler was in state custody found him mentally fit to stand trial.
The petition states that federal prosecutors don't object to the second test.