EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A federal judge ordered government-requested mental fitness testing for a southwestern Illinois man accused of threatening President Barack Obama and falsely claiming to have a bomb during a standoff.
Fifty-year-old Roman Conaway made his first court appearance Thursday in East St. Louis on charges he made a threat against the president and made false threats to detonate an explosive device.
Conaway was arrested Wednesday after a seven-hour standoff in which he said explosives were packed in his belt and three containers on his property. All the items turned out to be harmless.
A judge ordered Conaway to be represented by the federal public defender's office and deferred ruling about whether to set bond for the man until after psychiatric testing is done.
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