Competency Hearing Sought in Terrorist Support Case

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CLEVELAND (AP) – The attorney representing a man accused of scouting locations in Cleveland to attack people watching Fourth of July fireworks and who talked about carrying out additional bombings is requesting a competency hearing for his client.

Federal public defender Charles Fleming filed a motion Wednesday saying Demetrius Pitts has “longstanding mental concerns” and Fleming questions whether he is competent to stand trial. Fleming asked a judge to order a psychiatric or psychological examination and to hold a hearing after the medical report.

Authorities have charged Pitts with attempted support of a terrorist organization.

The attorney added that federal prosecutors do not object to the request.

The FBI arrested the 48-year-old Pitts on July 1. Officials have said he is an American citizen.