Trial for Alleged Boehner Threatener Rescheduled

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CINCINNATI (AP) – A federal judge has rescheduled the trial for a former Cincinnati-area bartender charged with threatening to kill House Speaker John Boehner.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Black on Tuesday moved the nonjury trial for Michael Hoyt back nearly two weeks to July 13.

Hoyt is charged with threatening to kill Boehner, either with a gun or by poisoning his drink. Court documents indicate Hoyt has a history of mental illness.

Black found Hoyt competent to stand trial, based on a report from a federal medical center in Massachusetts where Hoyt was sent for mental evaluation and treatment.

Hoyt has pleaded not guilty; his attorneys plan to argue he was insane at the time of the alleged offense.

Authorities have said Hoyt was fired from a suburban country club Boehner belongs to.