Judge sets competency hearing for Ohio man charged in plot

Judge sets competency hearing for Ohio man charged in plot

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19/AP) - A federal judge has scheduled a competency hearing for an Ohio man charged with plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol.

In November, U.S. District Judge Sandra Beckwith ordered a mental evaluation of 21-year-old Christopher Lee Cornell to determine whether he is competent to stand trial. He was taken to a federal facility in Chicago.

A competency hearing is set for April 18.

Cornell's attorneys have said there's "reasonable cause" to question his competency.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges he planned to attack the Capitol with pipe bombs and guns in support of the Islamic State group.

Cornell was arrested outside a gun shop after buying firearms and 600 rounds of ammunition in January. Two months after his arrest, Cornell detailed his plot in a phone call from his jail cell.

"I would have released more bullets on the Senate and House of Representative members and I would have attacked the Israeli Embassy and various other buildings," Cornell said when he called the FOX19 NOW newsroom.

The Oak Hills High School grad is accused of plotting with an FBI informant to plan an attack in Washington, D.C. that included planting pipe bombs around the U.S. Capitol and the Israeli embassy with the intention of then shooting people as they ran from the buildings to escape the bombs.

His father has said he was misled and coerced by "a snitch."

Associated Press writer Dan Sewell contributed to this story.

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