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Judge orders mental evaluation for ex-West paramedic

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A federal judge has ordered a psychiatric assessment for Bryce Reed, the 31-year-old former West paramedic accused of possessing bomb-making materials, according to the Waco-Tribune Herald.

Reed will remain in the McLennan County jail until he can be transferred to a federal prison medical facility, according to the Waco newspaper.

Reed was arrested on May 10 and charged with possession of bomb-making materials. According to an arrest affidavit, a small section of pipe and several pounds of chemical powders were found in an Abbott home and attributed to him.

Reed pleaded not guilty to the charge last week and--through his lawyer, Jonathan Sibley--Reed said he had “absolutely” no involvement in the April 17 explosion at West Fertilizer which killed 15 and leveled much of the small McLennan County town.

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