The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 3, 2013

Competency hearing set for Gregory Weiler, accused of plot to bomb Miami churches

From staff, AP reports

MIAMI, Okla. — A mental competency hearing is set for today for an Illinois man accused of planning to firebomb dozens of churches in Miami with Molotov cocktails. The hearing is scheduled for U.S. District Court in Tulsa. Gregory Weiler II, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., allegedly planned to destroy 48 churches with attacks from a motel he was staying in near Interstate 44. Weiler’s public defender says his client has been hospitalized numerous times in the past five years for mental health issues that include depression and bipolar disorder. 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 upon conviction.