Judge says Bixby pipe bomb suspect not mentally competent to stand trial
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
A judge has determined that the man accused of setting off a pipe bomb outside a U.S. military facility in Bixby is not competent to stand trial.
Benjamin Roden, 28, was charged with seven felony counts after investigators say he set off a pipe bomb outside a U.S. Air Force recruitment center near 103rd and Memorial July 10. A grand jury indicted Roden Aug. 9, and a judge ordered him to undergo a mental evaluation.
Two separate doctors examined Roden's competency, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors and defense attorneys met Tuesday morning to discuss the evaluations, and it was determined that Roden was not competent to stand trial. He will be released to a prison facility for mental health treatment.
Prosecutors did not publicly discuss what the evaluations said that led to the determination that Roden was not competent to stand trial.
Roden will undergo treatment for 90 days before the prosecution and defense meet again to discuss what's next.