Hearing rescheduled in Alice Boland case

Hearing rescheduled in Alice Boland case

CHARLESTON, SC - A hearing for the woman accused of trying to kill an Ashley Hall official with a gun she purchased illegally has been rescheduled.

Alice Boland, 29, was set to appear in court on June 24, but that hearing has been rescheduled for July 29, according to federal court records.

Officials are expected to evaluate the results of Boland's latest psychiatric evaluation during the hearing.

The evaluation will be used to determine if Alice Boland is competent for trial and also if she was insane at the time of her alleged offenses. Boland was ordered to undergo the evaluations in late March, shortly after she pleaded not guilty to federal charges of: making a false statement in order to purchase a firearm; illegally possessing a firearm because of her status as a person who had been previously committed to a mental institution or who had been adjudicated as mentally incompetent; possession of a firearm in a school zone, and attempted discharge of a firearm in a school zone.

The charges stem from the Feb. 4 incident outside the school on Rutledge Avenue. Charleston Police Department investigators say Boland pointed a loaded handgun at an Ashley Hall school official and pulled the trigger multiple times.

The .22-caliber pistol, which Boland purchased illegally just three days earlier in Walterboro, never fired because there was no bullet in the chamber.

In 2005, Boland was sent to a medical center in Texas for evaluation after she was accused of threatening to kill President George W. Bush. Boland pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in that case and charges were dismissed in 2009.

Boland has a documented history of mental illness, including paranoid schizophrenia and Asperger's syndrome.

Boland also faces state charges of attempted murder, two counts of pointing a firearm, unlawful carrying of a firearm, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime in connection with the Ashley Hall incident.

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