A man accused of passing along a note containing a bomb threat at Capitol Market in Charleston last year is set to stand trial in September.
Matthew Thomas Baldwin is charged with one count each of making terroristic threats and impersonating a law enforcement officer.
On Thursday, Kanawha Circuit Judge Joanna Tabit scheduled Baldwin’s trial for Sept. 23 after she ascertained that he was of sound mind and health to comprehend court proceedings.
Kanawha Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Adam Petry said he had concerns about Baldwin’s capacity to understand the proceedings given his schizophrenia diagnosis by a doctor in his home state of Maine.
Baldwin’s attorney, Barbara Brown, told Tabit her client was prescribed and is taking the proper medications, noting he was able to travel alone from Maine to West Virginia for his hearing Thursday morning.
Baldwin is out of jail on bond. Tabit ruled to maintain that bond and allowed him to travel back home to Maine while his case is pending, but she added a condition that he continue to take the medication as prescribed by his doctor.
“There are a lot of folks walking around dealing with mental illness, which is just like physical illness, and we need to treat it like that,” Tabit said.
Baldwin is accused of passing a note to a manager in Capitol Market in March. In the note, he allegedly claimed to be a cop and said there was a bomb in the building.