US judge order mental exam for Oklahoma bomb plot suspect

8/27/2017 - OKC, OK -- A federal judge has ordered a mental competency exam of 23-year-old Jerry Drake Varnell, who is accused of trying to detonate what he thought was a van loaded with explosives, parked outside a downtown Oklahoma City bank.

Varnell's family claims he is a paranoid schizophrenic who often sought mental help in various institutions.

Varnell was arrested on Aug. 12 after being assisted by undercover officers within the FBI to detonate a vehicle bomb.