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Bogus-bomb suspect ruled mentally fit for trial

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By Afton Spriggs By Afton Spriggs


   EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- An explosives-trained Army veteran accused of strapping fake explosives to himself during a threat-filled day that ended with a seven-hour standoff in suburban St. Louis has been deemed mentally fit for trial.
Roman Conaway's public defender says there may not even be a trial, telling The Associated Press after a competency hearing Friday in East St. Louis that he and his client are "on the same page" about reaching a plea deal.
In court Friday, both sides agreed Conaway is mentally fit for trial next month on charges of making a false threat to detonate an explosive device and influencing a federal agent by threat.
Authorities allege the standoff at Conaway's Fairview Heights home last September followed his threats to "start an apocalypse" and a war between Christians and Muslims.
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