Lawyers for Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 21, claim that Aldawsari "appears to be suffering from a mental disease or defect or other mental condition."
A motion filed Monday goes on to say, "This mental disease or defect potentially renders Mr. Aldawsari mentally incompetent to the extent that he is unable to understand the nature and consequences of the proceeding against him, or unable to assist properly in his defense."
Aldawsari, a native of Saudi Arabia, was arrested in February on a single charge of Attempted Use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction. He is accused of gathering materials in his Central Lubbock apartment for a chemical bomb. Court records say his proposed targets all over the nation included the home of former President George W. Bush.
At the time of his arrest, Aldawsari was a college student in Lubbock.
Attorneys Dan Cogdell, Paul Doyle and Rod Hobson all lent their names to the defense motion. They ask the court to have Aldawsari undergo a psychiatric or psychologic exam and that he be held in a federal medical prison such as the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners at Springfield, Missouri.
The defense team asks that a mental health professional "determine Aldawsari's competency to stand trial." Monday's document says the motion is unopposed by federal prosecutors.
Aldawsari is currently held in the Lubbock County jail until trial. If he is convicted he faces up to life in prison.
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