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Bombing suspect's attorney wants competency hearing for client

Developing tonight, the attorney for the Beaumont bombing suspect wants to know if his client is competent to stand trial.

A federal grand jury indicted Jonathan Torres, 40, on charges linked to explosive devices. If convicted, he could face five to 25 years in federal prison.

FBI agents arrested Torres last month.

Investigators say Torres placed an explosive device outside Starbucks on Dowlen Road, and two weeks later, another device that went off outside the office of St. Stephens Episcopal Church. It caused damage but no injuries.

Defense attorney Ryan Gertz tells KFDM he's filed a motion asking a Magistrate Judge to grant a competency hearing for Torres.

Gertz says because of Torres' military background, the fact he was treated for PTSD and the nature of the crimes with which he's charged, Gertz feels it's important to ask for a competency hearing.

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