A man charged with murder in a deadly church bombing is in state custody for mental testing. Former Ku Klux Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry reported this morning to the Taylor Hardin Secure Medical Facility in Tuscaloosa.
Officials at the state mental health center won't comment on Cherry, citing patient privacy laws. But news cameras captured his arrival at the facility. Cherry will undergo screenings to determine if he is mentally competent for trial in the bombing of Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. The blast killed four black girls in 1963.
A judge already has cited expert testimony in ruling that Cherry isn't competent for trial. That decision could be upheld or reversed depending on the outcome of the upcoming examinations. Officials say in-patient testing normally takes about ten days. The judge has said he wants a report on Cherry's status within 91 days.
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