Boston Municipal Court Judge Thomas Horgan ruled today that Kevin "Kayvon" Edson is competent enough to assist in his own trial, following a mental-health evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospitals, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Edson is charged with disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, disturbing a public assembly, possession or use of a hoax device and making a false bomb threat for an incident April 15, not long after memorial services at the Boston Marathon finish line.
According to prosecutors and witnesses, Edson went down to Boylston Street with a rice cooker in a backpack, then danced towards the Boston Marathon finish line while clad in what appeared to be a black veil and telling police who asked him what was in the backpack that it was a rice cooker.
According to the DA's office, Horgan reduced Edson's bail from $100,000 to $50,000 over the objections of prosecuters. If he makes bail, he will have to wear a GPS device, and follow a treatment plan prepared by the clinicians who examined him at Bridgewater. He is next due in court on June 3.
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