Former West paramedic ordered to undergo mental evaluation

McLennan County Jail
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 1:06pm

A mental health evaluation has been ordered for a former West paramedic who was arrested just days after the deadly fertilizer plant explosion.

Bryce Ashley Reed, 31, is accused of possessing bomb-making material. Reed remains in the McLennan County jail, where he has been held since his May 9 arrest by federal agents.

The evaluation that was signed into order Tuesday by a judge in West, is set to examine Reed's competency, sanity, and overall mental health.

Reed was released as paramedic for West EMS two days after the incident.
Reed's attorney, Jonathan Sibley, did not return calls for comment. Sibley has also said in the past that his client will plead not guilty to the federal charge. Sibley maintains Reed had nothing to do with the explosion and simply acted in his role as a first responder. Authorities have not linked Reed to the cause of the explosion.


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