A federal judge on Tuesday ordered that Omar Gonzalez, the accused White House fence-jumper, undergo an extensive 30-day mental evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial.
Gonzalez faces additional charges after the Justice Department released a new six-count indictment Friday. But the court delayed his arraignment on those charges, until a more extensive competency hearing is completed. A preliminary one-hour screening found him not fit, and U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer set his next hearing for Dec. 3.
Gonzalez, whose alleged security breach put the Secret Service under scrutiny and led to the resignation of its director, appeared in court Tuesday to face additional charges that included two federal counts of assaulting or resisting officers. He came into the courtroom without handcuffs and remained silent throughout the proceedings, outside of whispering to his attorney.
Federal prosecutors say Gonzalez, 42, scaled a fence and entered the White House with a knife before finally being brought down by a Secret Service agent. On Friday, the government indicted him on three more charges, bringing the total count to six. He now faces a maximum of 33 years in prison.
Gonzalez’s lawyer, David Bos, initially protested a federal magistrate judge’s order to perform a brief competency screening. But an evaluation was performed, despite the District Court’s order to postpone any exam until after an appeal.