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Attorneys say Riviera Beach VA Medical Center shooter competent to stand trial

Posted at 12:58 PM, Mar 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 18:11:31-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Attorneys said they believe the suspected shooter at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Riviera Beach last month is competent to stand trial.

Both Larry Bon’s defense team and the federal government came to that conclusion during a federal court hearing Thursday.

Judge William Matthewman granted a two-month extension to continue obtaining documents in the case, which has been reset for a preliminary arraignment on May 6.

Bon, 59, has waived his right to a speedy trial and is being held without bond.

New records on Thursday showed he only did three days of basic training in the Army. However, because of laws prior to 1980, he is able to be treated at a Veterans Affairs hospital.

Bon still has an active warrant in Michigan for a weapons charge.

In 2002, he was arrested in Indian River County with having a firearm by a convicted felon.

Medical records show he lost both of his legs in a car crash -- not during military service.

On Feb. 28, investigators said Bon pulled out a small handgun at the VA Hospital and opened fire, striking a doctor and grazing another person.

The doctor was shot in the neck while trying to subdue Bon. The doctor's injury was not life-threatening, and he was later released from the hospital.

Bon is charged with assaulting officers or employees with a deadly weapon.