The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

December 4, 2012

Mental exam ordered for Oklahoma bomb plot suspect


From The Associated Press

MIAMI, Okla. — A judge has ordered a mental evaluation for an Illinois man accused of plotting to bomb dozens of churches in northeastern Oklahoma.

Gregory Weiler had been set for a preliminary hearing Monday, but a judge delayed that until Dec. 17 so Weiler can have a competency evaluation. He was arrested after workers found the ingredients for Molotov cocktails in a trash bin at a hotel in Miami.

An affidavit claims that investigators found instructions for making Molotov cocktails, a list of 48 churches and a written outline of Weiler’s plan to plant bombs.

The Miami News-Record reports that Weiler will be taken to a state hospital in Vinita for a psychological evaluation.

Weiler’s relatives have said that he has struggled with mental illness and substance abuse.