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Published July 30, 2013, 01:23 PM

North Dakota plea hearing postponed when man fails to respond

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A change of plea hearing for a man accused of threatening to kill a federal judge in North Dakota was postponed when the defendant did not answer questions.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A change of plea hearing for a man accused of threatening to kill a federal judge in North Dakota was postponed when the defendant did not answer questions.

Carlos Kidd is charged with two counts of mailing threatening communications. Authorities say he mailed letters from Texas to U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland in Bismarck.

Kidd's lawyer filed notice earlier this month that his client wanted to change his plea to guilty.

Court documents show that Kidd did not respond when U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson asked him Tuesday whether he wanted to go to trial or enter a plea.

Erickson ordered an evaluation on whether Kidd is competent to stand trial.

Kidd is currently serving two prison sentences, including 10 years for escape and five years for harassment.

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