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Update: Washington County school threat suspect files for competency hearing

Published: Jun. 2, 2021 at 5:56 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 4:44 PM EDT
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Update: 7/06/2021

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - In a pre-trial conference Tuesday, Jake Blakesley, attorney for Nicholas Hall, the suspect in a series of threats to schools inside and outside the area, filed a motion for a competency hearing.

A forensic psychologist will evaluate Hall and determine if he is competent to stand trial, said Washington County Prosecuting Attorney Nicole Coil.

The motion essentially pauses the progress of the case, as new trial dates will have to be determined once the evaluation is complete, and there currently is not a projected date for the completion of the evaluation.

WTAP will continue to provide updates as additional information becomes available.

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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Nicholas Hall was arraigned late Thursday afternoon, following his extradition Wednesday from Georgia.

He pleaded not guilty to 22 counts of inducing panic. His bond was set at $2 million, a continuation of bond set earlier by a judge in Georgia.

His trial date has been set for August 10.

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Original story: 6/2/2021

The suspect in a series of threats to schools inside and outside the area has now arrived in Washington County to face charges.

Nicholas Hall was booked into the Washington County Jail just before 4:30 Wednesday afternoon, after being transported by sheriff’s deputies from Georgia, where he was arrested May 11.

Hall, according to the sheriff’s office, called in threats to Wolf Creek, Fort Frye, Marietta and Belpre schools, as well as St. Mary’s Catholic School in Marietta, and schools in Noble and Morgan counties. He is also believed to have called in threats to schools in Athens and Franklin counties. A school in Pennsylvania also reported getting a threat believed tied to Hall.

He was indicted by the Washington County Grand Jury on 22 counts of inducing panic, which is a second-degree felony.

The threats were called in between May 6-11.

He is likely to be arraigned in Washington County Common Pleas Court, at which time a trial date will be set and bond may be addressed.

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