Judge rules Lombard man accused of threatening ‘Columbine’ attack as unfit for trial
BY DAN ROZEK Staff Reporter June 25, 2013 3:03PM
Daniel P. McDade / photo from DuPage County Sheriff's office
Updated: June 25, 2013 3:04PM
A Lombard man charged with threatening to shoot children, police and public officials at the DuPage County Courthouse is mentally unfit to stand trial, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Daniel McDade allegedly posted several messages on Facebook last April in which he claimed he would launch a “Columbine” style attack on the Wheaton facility.
The 31-year-old McDade allegedly made the threats because he was angry at being ordered to take a drug test following an earlier DUI arrest, police said.
He was arrested in Denver a day after posting the messages, then returned to DuPage County, authorities said.
Two mental health experts examined McDade after his April 2 arrest, though their findings weren’t publicly released.
But Judge Robert Kleeman quickly ruled McDade unfit to stand trial — noting he has difficulty cooperating with his attorneys — then ordered him transferred to a locked mental health center for treatment.
“The defendant has a history of mental health issues,” Kleeman said.
McDade, who faces felony charges of threatening a public official and disorderly conduct, can be tried if he later is found mentally competent.
He didn’t speak during the hearing, but in a written statement read by his attorney asked Kleeman to “drop all the charges in the case.”
In 1999, 12 students and a teacher were shot to death by two gunman at Columbine High School near Denver.