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PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) - The man accused of planning to detonate a homemade bomb near a gas pipeline in Plano is set to appear in court on Monday morning. Judge Richard Schell will preside over a final pretrial conference and competency hearing to determine if 34-year-old Anson Chi is able to stand trial.

Chi was injured during the incident in June of last year, when he allegedly tried to set off a homemade explosive device on a gas regulator located in a Plano neighborhood. The device went off early, causing a smaller explosion that rocked the neighborhood, but did not cause much damage. Police found the suspect hurt near the exposed gas line.

Chi has been charged with malicious use of explosive materials, use of a destructive device, and possession of an unregistered firearm. He has been described as an anti-government zealot with anger issues. In the years leading up to the explosion, Chi lashed out against what he called government oppression, including Facebook postings that criticized the Federal Reserve.

The suspect lived with his parents in Plano at the time of the explosion. His mother testified that she had no idea what her son was doing, or that he had bomb-making chemicals inside of the house.

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