Brecksville bomb suspect allowed to represent himself

AKRON, Ohio - A federal judge will allow the last of five bridge bomb-plotting suspects in northeast Ohio to represent himself at trial.

Federal Judge David Dowd in Akron ruled Wednesday there's no reason to deny the request by 23-year-old Joshua Stafford of Cleveland, whose trial is scheduled June 10.

Last month the judge ruled Stafford mentally fit for trial after hearing from psychologists who said Stafford is suicidal, depressed and wary of a dangerous world.

No bomb went off and no one was injured in the plot last year in which the intended target was a highway bridge over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park between Cleveland and Akron.

The other four defendants have pleaded guilty and landed prison terms of six to 11 years.

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Brecksville bridge bomb plot

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