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Judge agrees to have terror suspect's sanity examined

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

For the third time in one week the sanity of terror suspect Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 21, has been questioned.

Prosecutors filed a motion Thursday in Lubbock federal court asking that Aldawsari be subjected to a psychiatric and/or psychologic examination. Defense attorneys filed a similar motion earlier this week. In addition, defense attorneys also filed court records this week saying they would use an insanity defense.

Just hours after the prosecution's motion, U.S. District Court Judge Sam Cummings granted both motions.

Aldawsari was arrested in February. He is accused of gathering the chemicals needed to make a bomb in his Central Lubbock apartment. Court records say he wrote about jihad, and his proposed targets included hydro-electric dams, night clubs and the home of former President George W. Bush.

Thursday's motion from prosecutors says that according to the rules of criminal procedure "if the defendant provides notice... [to use an insanity defense], the court must, upon the government's motion, order the defendant to be examined."

While the Defense has asked that Aldawsari be examined to see if he is currently sane and able to stand trial, prosecutors are asking the judge to take it one step further. Prosecutors are asking for an expert report to "determine the existence of insanity at the time of the offense."

For now Aldawsari is scheduled to go on trial in January. If convicted he faces up to life in prison for Attempted Use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction.

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