Posted: Thursday, 16 May 2013 10:16AM

Mailbox Bombs

A federal judge in Iowa says he'll order a new competency hearing to determine whether a former college student from Pine Island accused of planting bombs in rural Midwest mailboxes in 2002 is mentally fit enough to stand trial.
Court records show that U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett informed attorneys in March that he intends to order a competency hearing soon for 32 year old Luke Helder, who was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder.  Bennett ruled in 2004 that Helder was unfit to stand trial and Helder was committed to a mental hospital in Rochester.
Authorities say that over five days in May 2002, Helder left bombs in rural mailboxes in several states along with notes espousing anti-government beliefs. Six detonated, injuring six people, including four postal workers.

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Topics : Law_Crime
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Locations : IowaMidwestRochester
People : Luke HelderMark Bennett
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