Man arrested at North County High deemed competent for trial

The man charged with trespassing at an Anne Arundel County school this month — and who police said had a number of legal, high-powered weapons in his home — has been deemed competent to stand trial, based on a psychiatric evaluation.

After a brief District Court hearing Tuesday in Annapolis before Judge Danielle Mosley, Justin Beaumont, 25, of Glen Burnie, was returned to the mental health unit of the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, with a bail review hearing set for Wednesday.

Deputy State's Attorney Thomas Fleckenstein said he anticipated a judge may release Beaumont on house arrest under a number of conditions. Beaumont's attorney, Frank Gray, said Beaumont's needs would be "better met in an intensive outpatient program" than in jail.

Beaumont was arrested Feb. 4 at North County High School after he entered the school and was discovered by a school resource officer. Police said he told officials he had been bullied as a student there, and made inquiries about school security. He was not armed.

Police said a later search of his home turned up an AK-47, an Uzi and other firearms that were legally registered, but were seized during the investigation.

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