Bomb Hoax Suspect Found Competent
A man accused of a bomb hoax near the Boston Marathon finish line on the anniversary of the 2013 bombing anniversary has been found mentally competent to stand trial.
Kevin Edson of Wakefield, Massachusetts, broke into tears at his Boston Municipal Court hearing Wednesday. His bail was reduced by half, to $50,000 cash. He is also required to wear GPS tracking. A large group of family and friends were in court.
The 25-year-old has pleaded not guilty to charges including possession of a hoax device, threat to commit a crime and disturbance of the peace. He was evaluated at a state hospital after his April 15 arrest. Police found him on Boylston Street barefoot in pouring rain, wearing a black veil and makeup.
His mother says he has battled a bipolar disorder.
He is due back in court on June 3.