Causevic Incompetent To Stand Trial For JIA Bomb Scare

Nov 20, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A man claiming to have a bomb at Jacksonville International Airport has been found incompetent to stand trial.

Zeljko Causevic

Authorities say Zeljko Causevic entered the airport Oct. 1 and claimed to have a bomb. His backpack contained a small luggage scale, batteries, a microchip and a cellphone. The airport evacuation stranded travelers on planes on the tarmac for hours. 

Causevic was charged with conveying false or misleading information. The Florida Times-Union reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge James Klindt ruled that Causevic suffered from "a mental disease or defect rendering him mentally incompetent" to stand trial.

Causevic will be placed in a mental health facility. According to court documents, his federal public defender would argue at trial that Causevic was insane when he claimed to have a bomb at the airport.

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Information from: The Florida Times-Union

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