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FRC shooting suspect found mentally competent, pleads not guilty

By Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Washington Blade
Saturday, August 25, 2012

Floyd Lee Corkins II, 28, a former part-time volunteer for D.C.’s LGBT community center, pleaded not guilty in federal court on Friday to three charges related to last week’s shooting at the downtown D.C. headquarters of the Family Research Council, one of the nation’s leading anti-gay groups.

The not-guilty plea came after Corkins’ attorney disclosed at an arraignment in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that a psychiatric evaluation conducted within the past week found Corkins competent to stand trial.

Floyd L. Corkins II

A spokesperson for the United States Attorney’s office, which is prosecuting the case, said the psychiatric evaluation, other than its finding that Corkins is compentent to stand trial, would not be publicly released.

Wearing an orange prison jump suit, Corkins replied by saying “yes” when asked by Judge Magistrate Alan Kay if he understood that a federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted him on three charges related to the government’s allegation that he shot a security guard in the arm on Aug. 15 after entering the lobby of the Family Research Council building at 801 G Street, N.W.

Defense attorney David Bos told Kay that Corkins would waive his right to both a preliminary and detention hearing, eliminating the need for prosecutors to present evidence in court to show probable cause that Corkins committed the shooting and would be a danger to the community if released from custody.

Kay, who then converted Friday’s court proceeding into an arraignment, ordered Corkins held in jail pending a status hearing Kay scheduled for Oct. 1. Corkins has been in custody since the time he was apprehended on Aug. 15.

Kay also announced that U.S. District Court Judge Richard Roberts would take over the case following Friday’s arraignment.

Corkins’ decision to waive the preliminary and detention hearings made it unnecessary for prosecutors to present evidence at this time about Corkins’ motives and information about his background, continuing the mystery surrounding the Herndon, Va., resident.

The Grand Jury indictment came one week after D.C. police and FBI agents apprehended Corkins minutes after he allegedly walked into the lobby of the FRC building and told FRC security officer Leo Johnson “I don’t like your politics” before firing a handgun and hitting Johnson in the arm, according to an arrest affidavit filed in court.

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5 more reader comments:

  1. Shooting up the inbred mouth-breathers running the FRC is one of the most sane acts I can think of.

    Posted on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 1:56pm
  2. I think that everyone in the community is angry. Unfortunat but this guys actions doesnt do anything to help anyone. The world needs to see the best that LGBTQ people have to offer. This guy only stooped to the haters level. I understand the anger believe me I really do however this is not the world i wish to live wherte everyone is against everyone and all we feel is hurt and anger. We al are responcible for being leaders, you him her and I. We paint the picture of what our world is and what we

    Posted on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 3:05pm
  3. make it to be. Stand up fight the good fight with your hearts and show the world what true peace and love is all about. Dont be another sick color adding to the gros picture that so many arte trying to paint. Follow your heart and lead the way

    Posted on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 3:07pm
  4. just because he is mentally competent to stand trial doesn’t mean he isn’t a fuckin idiot and a fool. What he did was totally wrong. The man he shot was totally innocent.

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 10:21am
  5. we must change laws to protect our citizens from hate-crimes! he desrves 50 years .make an example of him.that hate-and hate-groups will not be tolorated.and if the guy died(idk) the case.death..rid this world of the abusers-

    Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 11:05am