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A middle-aged accountant charged in connection with a shooting incident outside the White House was ordered held without bond Wednesday, pending a preliminary hearing.

Robert W. Pickett, who was shot in the knee by a Secret Service officer as he allegedly waved a gun outside the White House Feb. 7, appeared in U.S. District Court on crutches. Pickett told U.S. Magistrate Alan Kay he was prepared to affirm that all the answers he has given in connection with the case so far were true.

Pickett, of Evansville, Ind., is charged with assault on a federal officer. If convicted, he could face 10 years behind bars.

Kay said he also will conduct a commitment hearing Tuesday. Federal prosecutors have asked that Pickett be sent to a federal psychiatric hospital for examination.

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