Church Bomb Plot Suspect Due for Hearing

An Illinois man who's charged in what authorities call a failed plot to firebomb dozens of northeast Oklahoma churches with Molotov cocktails is scheduled to have a mental competency hearing in Tulsa federal court.

The hearing for Gregory Weiler II of Elk Grove Village, Ill., is set for Wednesday morning.

Weiler's allegedly planned to destroy 48 churches with attacks from a tiny motel he was staying in near Interstate 44 in Miami (my-AM'-uh), Okla.

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.

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