- Associated Press - Friday, June 15, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Little Rock man has been released from federal custody months after he was arrested and accused of manufacturing the deadly toxin ricin at his home.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Judge Beth Deere granted a request by Alexander Jordan’s attorney to release him Thursday. The 21-year-old was released into his parents’ custody on several conditions, including that probation officers monitor his internet use and that he continues receiving mental health treatment.

Deere says a recent psychological evaluation shows Jordan is mentally competent to stand trial on a charge of possession of an unregistered agent. She says the evaluation shows Jordan had major depression in February when he manufactured the ricin using an internet recipe, and then called 911 thinking he ingested it.

Jordan’s trial is scheduled for July 23.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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