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


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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harry May 08 2014 at 9:41 AM

Sorry.. he knew right from wrong.. Save the tears

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rnuten May 08 2014 at 8:44 AM

I hope they make him look after some of the victims..and see if he still thinks it funny after that

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Nancy Meryl rnuten May 08 2014 at 9:04 AM

good idea

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animal2605 May 08 2014 at 8:43 AM

Yep, he was very stupid. I have dealt with people who were diagnosed as bi polar and I have seen how they will do something wrong, then violently deny they did it. A few minutes or hours later, act as if they done nothing at all. Everyone else all lied about it. So too bad so sad. You do the crime, then do the time.

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wllharrington May 08 2014 at 8:35 AM

God, stupid should not be a valid defense.

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kmcewan007 May 08 2014 at 8:34 AM


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sean May 08 2014 at 8:20 AM

The act took forethought,so even if he is bi-polar ,If you call in a bomb threat,or go around saying "I'm going to bomb a school ,business ,plane or any other place it is considered a crime". Hardly a prank especially, at the scence of a previous bombing where people were killed and injured,physically and mentally.There are so many people that suffer from mental illness ,that get the help and medication they need and are productive members, of society;they work,parent,and do all the things that are accepted in a civilized society. Any person at any time could suffer from mental illness ,so that is food for thought. The person in this incident needs to take his treatment and man up and take responsibility for his actions. I was confused by the comments that were made about legal pot and gay people ;what does either of those have to do with this story?

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boatrepair10 May 08 2014 at 8:19 AM

Yet another piece of human garbage.....terminate his miserable existance

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Jodi boatrepair10 May 08 2014 at 9:02 AM

Find something better to do with your life than trolling internet news sites to make comments about people should be executed for making a stupid decision.

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jgesselberty May 08 2014 at 8:17 AM

And, ladies and gentlemen, here you have it. Another bipolar defense. Are you getting as sick and tired of this as I am. What a slap to the many who suffer from this disorder and struggle to live a normal life, that does not include murder or hoaxes. Hint: Just a it's a crime to cry "fire" in a theater, it's a crime to plant a fake bomb.

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Jodi jgesselberty May 08 2014 at 9:11 AM

Since he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder BEFORE he did this, I'm not sure where you get the idea that he's making it up just to get out of trouble for it.

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maqita May 08 2014 at 8:04 AM

A bad joke can be awfully bad, resulting in damages.

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kittenblu May 08 2014 at 8:01 AM

Look at the little ***** crying...Hilarious!!

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quixoticjak kittenblu May 08 2014 at 8:19 AM

And your comment is sadly despicable...

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