Aldawsari terrorism case set for Thursday hearing - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Aldawsari terrorism case set for Thursday hearing

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari case are scheduled to be in court 9:00 AM Thursday for a pre-trial hearing.  Specifically, U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings will be asked to consider any challenges to expert witnesses. 

Aldawsari, 21, faces one count of Attempted Use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction.  If convicted he faces any number of years or life in prison.  He is accused of gathering the materials needed for a bomb in his Central Lubbock apartment. 

A February 23rd criminal complaint says Aldawsari's proposed targets included night clubs, hydro electric dams, and the home of former President George W. Bush.  That same criminal complaint says Aldawsari's writing included a desire for Jihad.  Aldawsari, a citizen of Saudi Arabia, was in Lubbock as a college student.

Aldawsari was moved from the Lubbock County Jail in late November to a federal correctional facility not named in court records so that his sanity and his competency to stand trial can be evaluated by a trained psychologist or psychiatrist. 

It is not clear from public records if Aldawsari will be present at Thursday's hearing.  The case remains under a gag order so media are not allowed to ask federal officials any questions about the case.

Prosecutors requested a pre-trial hearing back in August.  Their motion said, "The Government anticipates calling six expert witnesses to testify at trial.  Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari may likewise opt to present expert testimony."

In that same motion, federal prosecutors also said, "The Government believes that such a pretrial hearing would ... avoid any delay for jurors in the case."

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