Kevin Edson, man charged with Boston Marathon hoax, found competent

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Kevin Edson cries during a hearing as he stands beside his attorney, Shannon Lopez, left, in Municipal Court Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in Boston. Edson, accused of a bomb hoax near the Boston Marathon finish line on the anniversary of the 2013 bombing anniversary, was found mentally competent for trial after being evaluated at a state hospital following his April 15 arrest. (AP Photo/Boston Herald, John Wilcox, Pool)
Kevin Edson cries during a hearing as he stands beside his attorney, Shannon Lopez, left, in Municipal Court Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in Boston. Edson, accused of a bomb hoax near the Boston Marathon finish line on the anniversary of the 2013 bombing anniversary, was found mentally competent for trial after being evaluated at a state hospital following his April 15 arrest. (AP Photo/Boston Herald, John Wilcox, Pool)
Kevin Edson cries stands a hearing with his attorney, Shannon Lopez, left, in Municipal Court Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in Boston. Edson, accused of a bomb hoax near the Boston Marathon finish line on the anniversary of the 2013 bombing anniversary, was found mentally competent for trial after being evaluated at a state hospital following his April 15 arrest. (AP Photo/Boston Herald, John Wilcox, Pool)
BOSTON - APRIL 16: With his attorney, Shannon Lopez, left, beside him, Kevin Edson, 25, was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on misdemeanor charges of disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, and disturbing a public assembly, and felony charges of possession or use of a hoax device and making a false bomb threat, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. He was held on $100,000 bail and is due back in court on May 7. (Photo by Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 16: Kevin Edson, 25, was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on misdemeanor charges of disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, and disturbing a public assembly, and felony charges of possession or use of a hoax device and making a false bomb threat, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. He was held on $100,000 bail and is due back in court on May 7. (Photo by Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 16: Kevin Edson, 25, was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on misdemeanor charges of disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, and disturbing a public assembly, and felony charges of possession or use of a hoax device and making a false bomb threat, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. He was held on $100,000 bail and is due back in court on May 7. (Photo by Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
A member of the bomb squad inspects an object after a controlled detonation at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon's finish line on Tuesday. They say they've taken a man into custody in connection with them. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
A member of the bomb squad inspects an object after a controlled detonation at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon's finish line on Tuesday. They say they've taken a man into custody in connection with them. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
A member of the bomb squad walks toward the Boston Marathon finish line before triggering a controlled detonation in Boston, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon's finish line on Tuesday. They say they've taken a man into custody in connection with them. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
BOSTON, MA - April 15 : Boston police investigate the scene of a suspicious backpacks left near Boston Marathon finish line on the first anniversary of Marathon bombing in Boston, United States on April 15, 2014. The city of Boston has marked the anniversary of last year's Boston Marathon bomb attack which killed three people and injured more than 260 others. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - April 15 : Boston police investigate the scene of a suspicious backpacks left near Boston Marathon finish line on the first anniversary of Marathon bombing in Boston, United States on April 15, 2014. The city of Boston has marked the anniversary of last year's Boston Marathon bomb attack which killed three people and injured more than 260 others. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - April 15 : Boston police investigate the scene of a suspicious backpacks left near Boston Marathon finish line on the first anniversary of Marathon bombing in Boston, United States on April 15, 2014. The city of Boston has marked the anniversary of last year's Boston Marathon bomb attack which killed three people and injured more than 260 others. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - April 15 : Boston police investigate the scene of a suspicious backpacks left near Boston Marathon finish line on the first anniversary of Marathon bombing in Boston, United States on April 15, 2014. The city of Boston has marked the anniversary of last year's Boston Marathon bomb attack which killed three people and injured more than 260 others. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - April 15 : Boston police investigate the scene of a suspicious backpacks left near Boston Marathon finish line on the first anniversary of Marathon bombing in Boston, United States on April 15, 2014. The city of Boston has marked the anniversary of last year's Boston Marathon bomb attack which killed three people and injured more than 260 others. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - April 15 : Boston police investigate the scene of a suspicious backpacks left near Boston Marathon finish line on the first anniversary of Marathon bombing in Boston, United States on April 15, 2014. The city of Boston has marked the anniversary of last year's Boston Marathon bomb attack which killed three people and injured more than 260 others. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - April 15 : Boston police investigate the scene of a suspicious backpacks left near Boston Marathon finish line on the first anniversary of Marathon bombing in Boston, United States on April 15, 2014. The city of Boston has marked the anniversary of last year's Boston Marathon bomb attack which killed three people and injured more than 260 others. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - April 15 : Boston police investigate the scene of a suspicious backpacks left near Boston Marathon finish line on the first anniversary of Marathon bombing in Boston, United States on April 15, 2014. The city of Boston has marked the anniversary of last year's Boston Marathon bomb attack which killed three people and injured more than 260 others. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - April 15 : Boston police investigate the scene of a suspicious backpacks left near Boston Marathon finish line on the first anniversary of Marathon bombing in Boston, United States on April 15, 2014. The city of Boston has marked the anniversary of last year's Boston Marathon bomb attack which killed three people and injured more than 260 others. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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By PAIGE SUTHERLAND

BOSTON (AP) -- The man charged with placing a backpack with a rice cooker near the Boston Marathon finish line on the anniversary of the bombing wept in court Wednesday as he was found mentally competent to stand trial.

Kevin Edson, 25, a student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital in April after being charged with multiple counts, including possession of a hoax device, threatening to commit a crime and disturbance of the peace.

A Boston Municipal Court judge found Edson competent to stand trial and ordered his bail cut in half to $50,000 after hearing from both sides. Edson also must wear a GPS tracking device, attend counseling and stay on medication. He is due back in court June 3.

His mother, Joie Edson, said he has been battling a bipolar disorder for years. She would not comment after court.

Kevin Edson cried several times during the hearing, raising his cuffed hands to wipe away tears. His friends and family also wept.

Authorities say Edson was spotted by passers-by on Boylston Street near the marathon finish line April 15, a week before this year's race; he was walking barefooted in the rain and wearing a backpack, a black veil and makeup.

Authorities say two unattended backpacks were near the finish line, one of which was Edson's and the other was a misplaced bag from the media. When police approached him and asked what was inside the pack, he said a rice cooker. No explosives were found and no one was injured.

A court document stated Edson told police that "the performance got the best of me."

Edson's attorney, Shannon Lopez, said Wednesday that her inbox was flooded with emails in support of the Wakefield resident and that multiple doctors say her client is not a danger to himself or others. She said he also has followed doctors' advice and is willing to continue treatment.

The April 15, 2013, marathon bombings killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Two pressure cooker explosives were left in backpacks near the finish line. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged in the bombings and is awaiting trial.

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