Bridge bomb plot Joshua Stafford suspect in court over psych issues

AKRON, Ohio - Psychologists are outlining the two-decade history of mental health issues of the last of five Ohio bridge bomb-plotting suspects

The testimony came Monday in Akron before federal Judge David Dowd, who must decide if 23-year-old Joshua Stafford of Cleveland is mentally competent for trial.

Forensic psychologist Sandra McPherson detailed Stafford's mental health history. She described him as depressed, suicidal, wary of a dangerous world but able to help his defense.

No bomb went off and no one was hurt in the plot last year. Four other defendants have pleaded guilty and landed prison terms of six to 11 years.

The intended target was a highway bridge over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park between Cleveland and Akron.


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