Psychologist: Ohio bomb plot suspect fit for trial

1:42 PM, Apr 15, 2013   |    comments
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AKRON, Ohio -- A psychologist says the last of five Ohio bridge bomb-plotting suspects is suicidal, depressed and wary of a dangerous world but able to assist in his defense.


Forensic psychologist Sandra McPherson outlined the two-decade history of mental health issues of 23-year-old Joshua Stafford on Monday in Akron. A federal judge must decide whether Stafford, of Cleveland, is mentally competent for trial.


No bomb went off and no one was hurt in the plot last year. Four other defendants have pleaded guilty and landed prison terms of six to 11 years.


The intended target was a highway bridge over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park between Cleveland and Akron.

THOMAS J. SHEERAN, Associated Press

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