FRC Shooting Suspect Competent to Stand Trial

Corkins pleads not guilty

Friday, Aug 24, 2012  |  Updated 8:08 PM EDT
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Jackie Bensen has the latest on a man accused of opening fire at the Family Research Council.

Jackie Bensen

Jackie Bensen has the latest on a man accused of opening fire at the Family Research Council.

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A Virginia man accused of shooting a security guard at a conservative lobbying group's headquarters because he didn't like the group's politics was ruled competent to stand trial at a preliminary hearing Friday, News4's Jackie Bensen reported.

The competency ruling was a result of a psychiatric evaluation and was not challenged.

Floyd Lee Corkins, 28, pleaded not guilty to assault and handgun charges at Friday's arraignment. He faces the possibility of decades in prison if convicted in the attack on Leo Johnson inside the lobby of the Family Research Council. Authorities say Corkins told the guard he didn't like the group's politics before opening fire and that he was carrying extra ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches.

The FRC has defended Chick-fil-A since the fast-food chain's president announced his opposition to gay marriage.

Corkins waived the right to a detention hearing and will be held without bond until his next court appearance.

Corkins's next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 1, Bensen reported.

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