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Boehner's former bartender found competent to stand trial on murder plot

Michael Hoyt (FOX19 NOW/file) Michael Hoyt (FOX19 NOW/file)
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

House Speaker John Boehner's former bartender was found competent to stand trial Wednesday on charges of threatening to kill him.

Michael Hoyt is expected to plead not guilty and use the insanity defense, according to his defense attorney.

He also is waiving his right to a speedy trial, his attorney told U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black.

Some of Hoyt's relatives who attended the brief hearing declined comment.

He was indicted Jan. 7 after federal authorities say he made the threat in the fall shortly after he was fired from his job at Wetherington Country Club in West Chester Township.

Boehner is a longtime resident of the gated subdivision off Tylersville Road and Interstate 75.

The case began with a 911 phone call Hoyt made Oct. 29. When Deer Park police responded, Hoyt told an officer he had been fired from his job at Wetherington Country Club and did not have time to put something in Boehner's Merlot, authorities have said.

Hoyt told police he was Jesus Christ, and he was going to kill Boehner because the Speaker of the House was mean to him and caused Ebola, according to police.

Officers found a .380 automatic gun in Hoyt's residence, and Hoyt told them he was going shoot Boehner and take off.

Officers transferred Hoyt to University of Cincinnati Medical Center Emergency Psych Ward.

Hoyt was moved to a federal facility out of state before returning to the region earlier this spring.

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