Mental exam sought for school threat suspect

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys want a mental evaluation for a 19-year-old man charged with making online threats to attack Oxford High School.

Joshua Brandon Pillault of Oxford was arrested Monday.

Prosecutors say in court documents that Pillault made threats against the school in a chat room conversation while playing an online game. The threats were reported by a fellow player in Virginia.

The Commercial Appeal reports ( ) that prosecutors wanted Pillault moved to a Bureau of Prisons facility for an examination.

On Friday, Pillault's attorney filed a response agreeing to an examination, but asking for the examination to take place locally. They said moving Pillault from Oxford to a Bureau of Prisons facility could take months, denying him his right to a speedy trial.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal,

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