- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

MIAMI (AP) - A mental competency hearing has been set for a South Florida man charged with plotting to bomb a synagogue and Jewish school during Passover observances in support of the Islamic State terrorist group.

A Miami judge on Monday scheduled the hearing Dec. 9 for James Medina. His attorney previously raised questions about Medina’s mental state and ability to assist in his own defense.

The FBI says Medina plotted with an undercover informant to acquire a bomb to attack the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center in April. Medina was arrested after the informant provided him with a real-looking dummy bomb that could not explode.

FBI recordings show Medina allegedly supported the Islamic State terrorist group and claimed an obligation to attack Jews in the U.S. He has pleaded not guilty.


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