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Judge orders psychiatric evaluation for Anderson Co. explosives suspect

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Wesley Dallas Ayers arrives for court hearing (May 15, 2018/FOX Carolina) Wesley Dallas Ayers arrives for court hearing (May 15, 2018/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate man indicted on federal explosives charges appeared in court for a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday.

Wesley Dallas Ayers, 27, was arrested in March after the FBI launched an investigation into multiple explosive devices found throughout Anderson County. Special agents said Ayers' fingerprints matched some found on the devices.

At Tuesday's hearing in Greenville, attorneys for the defense and prosecution submitted a joint motion for a continuance in the case, citing the ongoing investigation and the large volume of discovery.

Attorneys said to date, more than 5,000 documents and 2.5 to 3 terabytes of data have been compiled in the case.

A judge ordered a competency hearing for Ayers. According to the order, Ayers must be immediately committed to a federal facility for psychiatric or psychological evaluation during a period not to exceed 45 days.

The evaluation is meant to determine if Ayers is mentally competent and aware of the wrongfulness of the alleged crimes.

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