Competency Hearing Requested For Militia Member In Gov’t Conspiracy Case
DETROIT (WWJ) – Federal prosecutors believe one of nine members of a Michigan- based militia is not mentally competent to stand trial.
The government is asking a Detroit judge to hold a competency hearing for Jacob Ward after an expert found him to be delusional and paranoid.
In a court filing Thursday, prosecutors say it will be difficult to restore his mental health so that he can assist in his defense but medication should help.
Ward and others are charged with conspiring to commit rebellion against the government.
They were arrested more than a year ago, mostly in southern Michigan.
The trial is set for Sept. 13.