Lawyer: Backpack bomb suspect Harlem Suarez may be mentally inco - Fox29 WFLX TV, West Palm Beach, FL-news & weather

Lawyer: Backpack bomb suspect Harlem Suarez may be mentally incompetent

picture by HARLEM SUAREZ/FACEBOOK picture by HARLEM SUAREZ/FACEBOOK

MIAMI (AP) -- The attorney for a Florida Keys man says he may be mentally incompetent to stand trial on charges of plotting to detonate a backpack bomb in support of the Islamic State terror organization.

Lawyer Richard Della Fera says in court papers that Harlem Suarez's mental problems prevent him from understanding court proceedings and assisting in his defense. Della Fera is asking a judge to order a mental evaluation of Suarez.

Suarez is accused of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and of a terrorism support charge.

The FBI says Suarez told an informant he wanted to detonate a backpack bomb on a Key West beach. He was arrested in July after officials say he took an inert device from an FBI employee posing as an Islamic State member.
 

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly

1100 Banyan Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.