APNewsBreak: Ohio terror plot suspect competence questioned

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Posted: Nov 03, 2015 4:57 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Attorneys for an Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of the Islamic State group are questioning his mental competence.

Court documents obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press show defense attorneys have asked a federal judge for a hearing to determine whether Christopher Lee Cornell is competent to stand trial.

Cornell faces charges alleging he planned to attack the Capitol with pipe bombs and to shoot government officials and employees.

The lawyers' motion states there's "reasonable cause" to believe Cornell suffers from a mental disease or defect.

Attorney Martin Pinales (pin-AL'-is) has declined to comment beyond court filings. A federal prosecutor also has declined to comment.

Cornell has pleaded not guilty to four charges. The 21-year-old suburban Cincinnati resident has been held without bond since his January arrest.