Man accused in Ottawa County church-bombing plot due mental evaluation
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL World Correspondent
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
12/18/12 at 6:06 AM
MIAMI, Okla. - An Illinois man who is charged with planning to destroy 48 Ottawa County churches will undergo a mental evaluation.
Gregory Arthur Weiler II of Elk Grove Village, Ill., is charged in Ottawa County District Court with possession of an explosive or incendiary device and violation of the Oklahoma Anti-Terrorism Act.
Assistant District Attorney Becky Baird told the court during a hearing Monday that Weiler's evaluation is set for Wednesday.
Family members have said Weiler, 24, suffers from mental illness and that both of his parents suffered from drug use and committed suicide, according to published reports.
Dressed in green jail clothes, Weiler was quiet throughout the short court hearing Monday. Special Judge Bill Culver ordered him to return to court Dec. 27.
According to court records, Weiler was traveling through northeastern Oklahoma on his way to Kansas City and checked into the Miami Legacy Inn & Suites on Sept. 20.
During Weiler's stay at the motel, a maintenance man found outside in a Dumpster a green military duffel bag that held 50 apparent Molotov cocktails and other explosives-related material and items.
Miami police officers later found handwritten notes detailing how to make the explosives cocktail as well as a list of 48 local churches and a hand-drawn map of them in Weiler's motel room, an arrest affidavit states.
Police Chief George Haralson has said the churches involved were 46 in Miami and two in Fairland.
Weiler is in the Ottawa County Jail without bail.
Original Print Headline: Suspect in terror case due mental exam
Gregory Arthur Weiler II: He suffers from mental illness, family members have said.