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Motive Still Unclear As Accused Bomber Undergoes Psychiatric Evaluation

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RALEIGH — Christopher McMillan was arrested after he was injured by a bomb that went off at Sprint's regional office in Franklin County earlier this week. On Friday, he was in federal court, where a judge agreed to his request to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Roger Smith, McMillan's attorney, told reporters that getting a psychiatric evaluation is the next logical step for his client. McMillan has been charged with bringing two small pipe-bomb devices to his workplace. One of those devices blew up in his hand. Evidence may also link him to another incident at UNC on Monday.

"The allegations that are being made are the kind of allegations that a prudent lawyer would want a person charged with that to have -- a psychiatric evaluation so everyone can make an intelligent decision, including us," Smith said.

The hearing at the Federal Courthouse in Raleigh took five minutes. Smith said that he has met with McMillan's parents, who say they have been deeply concerned since they found out about their son's situation.

"What is alleged in the criminal complaint would certainly not be consistent with the kind of person that we believe he has been and is," Smith said.

Smith would not provide any insight as to what McMillan was thinking at the time of the blast at Sprint or his current emotional state.

"I really would be uncomfortable to relate our observations of him and conversations with him," Smith said.

McMillan is currently being held in the Wake County jail, but he could be moved to the federal prison in Butner or somewhere out of state. The psychiatric evaluation could take as long as 30 to 90 days.

WRAL has discovered that McMillan attended Western Carolina University recently, where he took a distance-learning class in project management. He received his master's degree earlier this month. McMillan graduated from UNC with a bachelor's degree in the late '80s.


Len Besthoff, Reporter
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