Trial Date Set For Illinois Man Accused In Oklahoma Bomb Plot

Friday, January 10th 2014, 2:36 pm
By: News On 6

A trial date has been set for next week for an Illinois man accused in a failed plot to firebomb dozens of northeast Oklahoma churches.

Gregory Weiler II of Elk Grove Village, Illinois, will go on trial January 17 in Tulsa federal court.

Weiler is accused of planning in 2012 to destroy 48 churches in northeastern Oklahoma and preparing to launch the attacks from the tiny motel he was staying in near Interstate 44 in Miami, Oklahoma.

He was transferred from state custody to federal custody in Tulsa because of the nature of his alleged crimes.

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Weiler's attorneys have suggested that he suffers from various mental health issues that sometimes required hospitalization, but a federal judge ruled this week that Weiler was mentally competent to stand trial.

Investigators say they found bomb-making materials in Weiler's room, along with a list of the churches and an outline to plant bombs.

Police says evidence gathered in Weiler's room included a map with details of which nights the churches were occupied, and how many people would be there.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.