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Judge Rules Plano Bomb Suspect Competent

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PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – A federal judge ruled Monday morning that a Plano man, accused of attempting to blow up a natural gas main, is competent to stand trail.

During court it was revealed that Anson Chi had a psychiatric evaluation last December, and the results did not indicate any mental illness.

Chi is man accused of trying to detonate a homemade bomb near a gas regulator last summer. Investigators say the 34-year-old was injured when the device, in a residential area, went off prematurely. A small explosion the neighborhood, but did not cause much damage.

Police said they found Chi, with burn to his eyes, arms and hands, near the exposed gas line along West Parker Road.

During past hearings and testimony some described Chi as an anti-government zealot with anger issues. In the years leading up to the explosion, he lashed out against what he called government oppression that included Facebook postings criticizing the Federal Reserve.

In addition to a Possession of an Unregistered Firearm charge, last month a grand jury also indicted Chi on the charges of Malicious Use of Explosive Materials and Using a Destructive Device in a Crime of Violence.

Attorneys for Chi said they would not contest the competency ruling and suggested to CBS 11 News Monday that their client may soon enter a guilty plea in the case.

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