Shannon Guess Richardson competent to stand trial in ricin case

(KTBS) - A federal judge has decided that Shannon Guess Richardson is competent to stand trial.

On Wednesday, Richardson entered a plea of not guilty on charges accusing her of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a man who heads Bloomberg's gun-control organization.

A federal affidavit alleges Richardson contacted authorities to try to implicate her husband in the ricin letters before being arrested herself in June.

She faces two counts of mailing a threatening communication and one count of making a threat against the president of the United States.

Richardson will appear at a detention hearing on September 11. Her trial is scheduled for October.


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