Man charged with 2020 Bedford arson requests additional mental health evaluation

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The man accused of setting fire to the old Bedford Middle School in early 2020 appeared in court on Tuesday.

Daniel Flint was scheduled to appear to enter a guilty plea on Tuesday, June 1. Instead, Flint’s attorney, Michael Lonchar, requested to have a mental health expert evaluate whether Flint’s autism may be relevant to the case.

Cameras were not allowed in the courtroom today, but WFXR News was there and spoke with Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance afterward, who says that he is not actively preparing for a trial.

“He has a presumption of innocence,” said Nance. “What I would anticipate this more being used is to give some context, if he takes responsibility for his actions, to the judge so the judge can have a more full picture as to Mr. Flint’s motivations, his limitations, and what an appropriate disposition, and what an appropriate disposition for an individual with those limitations might be.”

Lonchar declined to comment on the ongoing case.

Flint is scheduled to appear in court again on Sept. 7 for a status review hearing.

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