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Suspect in Bixby pipe bomb case declared competent for trial

Posted: 10:57 AM, Aug 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-08 10:36:49Z
Suspect in Bixby pipe bomb case declared competent for trial

A former senior airman suspected of setting off a pipe bomb outside an Air Force recruiting office will stand trial after a judge ruled that he was competent on Tuesday morning. 

A judge had previously ruled that Benjamin Roden wasn't competent to stand trial for the July 10 explosion in the Tulsa suburb of Bixby. No one was hurt.

In February, a judge ruled that a former senior airman suspected of setting off a pipe bomb outside an Air Force recruiting office will be forced to take medication to restore his competency to stand trial on explosives charges.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank McCarthy ordered that anti-psychotic drugs be given to 29-year-old Roden. Whitney Mauldin, Roden's attorney, says Roden likely will be injected with the drugs if he refuses to take the medication.

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