SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — A northwest Arkansas man charged with mailing threatening letters and nontoxic white powder to some of his former co-workers will undergo a mental evaluation.
In court documents filed Wednesday, a federal judge granted a request by Philip Hanson's attorney to determine whether he's competent to stand trial.
Hanson worked at a Christian greeting card company in Siloam Springs until authorities say he was laid off two years ago. Employees at that company have been receiving threatening letters and white powder over the past several weeks.
Hanson was arrested Sunday.
His attorney, James Pierce, says Hanson may have been previously diagnosed with mental illness and prescribed with medication that he either couldn't afford or didn't take as directed.
Pierce didn't return a message left at his office after business hours Wednesday.
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