Terror suspect Khalid Aldawsari was arraigned in court Monday on a charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.
Aldawsari, 20, pleaded not guilty to the charge before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Koenig. Koenig set the trial for May 2.
In a detention hearing earlier this month, Aldawsari waived his right to post bond. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.
Court records say Aldawsari collected raw materials to make a chemical bomb and planned to target hydro-electric dams, nuclear power plants and the home of President George W. Bush. The records state Aldawsari stored the chemicals in his central Lubbock apartment.
Aldawsari was arrested Feb 23. Court records say that federal agents traced his online purchases and internet posts, and they searched his apartment, computer, e-mails accounts and diary when he was not home.
According to Islamic Memo, an online newspaper from Saudi Arabia, Aldawsari spoke to his father and brother over the phone recently from jail asking for them to pray for him.
Aldawsari is from Saudi Arabia and came to Lubbock on a student visa. He was studying chemical engineering at Texas Tech and recently transferred to South Plains College.
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