Defendant in Ottawa County church bombing-plot case to claim insanity

| September 1, 2013

A man who is accused of plotting to destroy dozens of Ottawa County churches will mount an insanity defense, according to a pleading filed Wednesday by his attorney.

Gregory Arthur Weiler II, 24, was ruled mentally incompetent on April 3 by U.S. Magistrate Paul Cleary and was committed to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility for evaluation and treatment.

On Wednesday, Assistant Federal Public Defender Stephen Greubel wrote that Weiler is in custody at a federal facility in Butner, N.C., and gave formal notice that he plans to claim that Weiler was insane at the time of the alleged plot.

Greubel notified the court of his intention “to introduce expert evidence relating to a mental disease or defect or other mental condition bearing on the issue of guilt.”

The federal standard for insanity is whether the defendant, as a result of a severe mental disease or defect, was unable to appreciate the nature and quality or the wrongfulness of his acts at the time of the offense. In contrast, competency deals with the defendant’s current ability to understand the charges against him or assist in his defense.

Weiler was charged with possessing an incendiary device Oct. 4 in an indictment that was issued under seal Feb. 4 by a federal grand jury in Tulsa.

On Feb. 12, Greubel filed a motion asking that Weiler be examined to determine whether he has a mental illness that would make him unable to understand the legal proceedings against him or to assist in his defense.

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