On March 28th, a federal magistrate will explain to Khalid Aldawsari, 20, the criminal charge against him and ask if he pleads guilty or not guilty. Officially the proceeding is called an arraignment.
Aldawsari is a Saudi Arabian man who came to Lubbock originally to study chemical engineering at Texas Tech. More recently he transferred to South Plains College.
Court records say Aldawsari had collected the raw materials to make a chemical bomb and he had them stored in his central Lubbock apartment. Court records quote Aldawsari's notes as saying he wanted to target hydro-electric dams, nuclear power plants and the home of former President George W. Bush.
Aldawsari is held on a charge of Attempted Use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction. He has waived his right to ask that he be allowed to post bond to get out of jail.
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