The court ordered a mental competency review for Omar
Gonzalez, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, but
defense lawyers opposed the evaluation.
Gonzalez's lawyer, David Bos, said his client was mentally
competent and did not need an evaluation. He said he has become
increasingly confident in his client's competency.
Gonzalez was captured inside the White House on Sept. 19 with a
knife after he jumped the fence at the presidential mansion,
burst through the front door and ran about 130 feet (40 meters)
into the East Room, used for events and receptions.
He was charged with unlawful entry while carrying a weapon. A
federal grand jury indicted him on Tuesday on that federal
offense, along with District of Columbia charges of carrying a
dangerous weapon outside a home or business and unlawful
possession of ammunition.
At a congressional hearing on Tuesday on the breach, lawmakers
asked Secret Service Director Julia Pierson how Gonzalez escaped
In July, he was arrested in Virginia for reckless driving,
eluding police and possessing a sawed-off shotgun. In August, he
was stopped, but not arrested, while walking along the south
fence of the White House with a hatchet in his waistband.
(Reporting by Julia Edwards; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by
Jim Loney and Sandra Maler)
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