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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Randy Linn, the man accused of setting fire to the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, is trying to withdraw his guilty plea. Now his newly-appointed attorney is requesting a psychological exam for Linn.

Linn's attorney, John Thebes, said based on his research, he feels it's necessary to find out whether or not Linn maintains a competent state of mind to stand trial.

"I've looked at the record, looked at the transcripts from the pre-hearing, and I thought it was in his best interest to file that motion," Thebes said.

He has been on Linn's case for only two weeks, but he said this seemed like an obvious move.

"In a lot of ways, it really can't hurt to have a professional interview him and assist us, and assist the court, regarding his mental state," he said.

Linn pleaded guilty to setting the Islamic Center on fire months ago. He has since filed a motion to withdraw the plea, saying he was depressed when he pleaded guilty.

The board president of the Islamic Center Chereffe Kadri said Thebes is doing his job by filing this recent motion.

"Our feeling is, let the system work, let the system do its job," said Kadri. "It's worked for many, many years in many cases, and I'm sure it's going to work just fine in this case."

Kadri said it's been difficult for the Islamic community to not be able to step inside their place of worship, but said the community is looking forward to opening their doors back up again at the end of the month.

"I know our children will be happy to be back," Kadri said. "It's home to them."

The Islamic community will be having their first Friday prayer service at the center since the fire next week.

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