Trial delayed in mosque bomb threat incident

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN – The California man who allegedly drove with explosives in his truck to the Islamic Center of America, 19500 Ford Road, will have a hearing to determine his competency to stand trial.

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Morrow ordered the hearing Tuesday after learning that Roger Stockham, a Muslim convert, allegedly sent a threatening letter to the center. Stockham, 63, is charged with possessing explosives and threat of terrorism.

He was arrested Jan. 24 with M80 firecrackers in his trunk outside the center following a report from a local restaurant owner that Stockham came in and claimed to be part of the Indonesian mujahedeen, an Islamic holy warrior group. According to published reports, he said he only wanted to paint anti-Islamic graffiti on the center.

Stockham also has a history of problems with the law going back to 1977, when he held a psychiatrist hostage for more than four hours in Los Angeles.