Suspect in Oklahoma pipe bomb case found competent for trial

TULSA, Okla. – A man accused of detonating a pipe bomb outside an Oklahoma military recruitment station has been found competent to stand trial.

Federal court records show that the ruling was pointed out Tuesday for the 29-year-old Benjamin Roden. The former air force senior airman was charged after a pipe bomb exploded in front of an empty Air Force recruiting station in the near of Tulsa on July 10, 2017.

A federal judge ruled that a forensic evaluation conducted by the U. S. Bureau of Prisons indicated that Roden understands the nature of the charges he faces, including the destruction of federal property.

Roden has pleaded not guilty. He was ordered to undergo a mental evaluation after the defense lawyers asked if he could assist in his own defense. He is required to take antipsychotic medication.

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