North Carolina man who made bomb threat near Capitol pleads not guilty

Rally in support of defendants being prosecuted in the January 6 attack on the Capitol, in Washington
A riot police officer stands guard during a rally in support of defendants being prosecuted in the January 6 attack on the Capitol. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz/File Photo

WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) - A North Carolina man facing criminal charges after claiming he had a bomb in his truck parked near the U.S. Capitol pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, after a federal judge declared he is mentally competent to stand trial.

Floyd Ray Roseberry, who has a history of mental illness, is facing charges of using a weapon of mass destruction and making threats to use explosive materials.

His threats, which he live-streamed from his Facebook account, led to a more than five-hour stand-off with police. In the video, he said the "revolution's on."

"I'm ready to die for the cause," he said.

Roseberry was ordered to undergo a competency evaluation in August, after he told U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui he could not understand the legal proceedings against him because he had not been able to take medications for his blood pressure and his "mind."

On Wednesday, Faruqui said Dr. Teresa Grant, the forensic psychologist who has been evaluating Roseberry, recently concluded that his competency has been restored.

Previously, she had found that he was not competent because he had not been prescribed the proper medications.

"The new medication regime had stabilized his symptoms," Faruqui said, citing a Sept. 20 evaluation from Grant.

Roseberry's court-appointed lawyer David Bos said his client will plead not guilty to the criminal charges.

Bos also said he may petition the court to release Roseberry from pre-trial detention.

"We don't really have a release plan in place yet," Bos told the judge. "But with the help of Dr. Grant, we're hoping to come up with one."

Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch Editing by Bill Berkrot

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Sarah N. Lynch is the lead reporter for Reuters covering the U.S. Justice Department out of Washington, D.C. During her time on the beat, she has covered everything from the Mueller report and the use of federal agents to quell protesters in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, to the rampant spread of COVID-19 in prisons and the department's prosecutions following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.