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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A trial date could be set for an Illinois man accused in a failed plot to firebomb dozens of northeast Oklahoma churches.

Attorneys for Gregory Arthur Weiler II of Elk Grove Village, Ill., are due in Tulsa federal court Friday for a scheduling hearing.

Weiler is accused of planning in 2012 to destroy 48 churches in northeastern Oklahoma and preparing to launch the attacks from the tiny motel he was holed up in near Interstate 44 in Miami, Okla.

He was transferred from state custody to federal custody in Tulsa because of the nature of his alleged crimes.

Weiler’s attorneys have suggested that he suffers from various mental health issues that sometimes required hospitalization, but a federal judge ruled this week that Weiler was mentally competent to stand trial.

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