Man accused of planting fake bombs found competent to stand trial

A Williams man accused of domestic violence and planting a fake bomb behind Williams City Hall has been found competent to stand trial.

Troy Don Alexander, 44, appeared in Colusa County Superior Court on Nov. 15.He faces six felony charges stemming from his Aug. 19, 2017, arrest by Williams Police officers, after a woman reported that Alexander allegedly assaulted her and held her prisoner for a short period of time.

It was during the investigation of that incident that officers suspected Alexander had manufactured and planted explosive devices in Williams, including two delivered to the Williams Police Department. According to Police Chief Ed Anderson, the Butte Interagency Bomb Squad also responded to the scene but determined the devises were inert.

Alexander pleaded not guilty on Aug. 23 to possessing ingredients to make a destructive device, three counts of placing fake bombs with the intent to cause fear, corporal injury to a cohabitant, and false imprisonment by violence.

Alexander’s competency to stand trial came into question during his preliminary hearing on Sept. 20, which prompted court proceedings to be suspended, said Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Thompson.

Alexander allegedly has mental health issues, which he admitted to in a series of email exchanges he wrote to Williams City Manager Frank Kennedy and the Colusa County District Attorney’s office in which he accused law enforcement officials of misconduct during a traffic stop.

On Sept. 21, the City of Williams petitioned the court for a restraining order, accusing Alexander of harassment, court records indicate. The petition was granted.

Forensic Psychologist Don Stembridge, who evaluated Alexander at the request of the courts, determined he was competent to stand trial and actively engage with his attorney on his defense.

Deputy District Attorney Winston Welch, who is prosecuting the case, has agreed to Alexander waiving the time period for him to be rearraigned on the charges so that his attorney, Public Defender Albert Smith, can attempt to work out a plea deal on just one felony count of planting a fake bomb and corporal injury to a cohabitant, which is also a felony.

If convicted, Alexander could spend one year in county jail, under the California penal code.

Thompson said the court reserves the right to reinstate all charges against Alexander if a plea deal cannot be worked out and the matter goes to trial.

Alexander is scheduled to next appear in court on Dec. 20. ■