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Terror trial challenges to evidence dropped on both sides

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Prosecutors and the defense have made an agreement concerning some aspects of the upcoming trial of terror suspect Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari.

Aldawsari, a citizen of Saudi Arabia, was arrested more than a year ago in Lubbock on a charge of Attempted Use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction. He has been locked up ever since.

Court records say he gathered the materials for a bomb in his Central Lubbock apartment, and that he had proposed targets all over the country. Those same court records say he had a desire for "jihad."

Prosecutors agreed to drop objections to the testimony of defense experts Dr. John L. Esposito and Dr. Jerome Brown.

Dr. Esposito is identified in court records as an expert in Islamic and Arabic culture. Dr. Brown is identified as someone who will, "render an opinion as to Mr. Aldawsari's mental state at the time of the alleged crime."

The defense has agreed to not ask certain questions about the methods and technical specifications of electronic surveillance that the FBI used on Aldawsari prior to his arrest.

The defense has agreed to drop its objections to the testimony of Evan Kohlmann, who is identified in court records as an expert for the prosecution in terrorism.

The agreement does not end all controversy between the two sides on what should be allowed at trial. The defense continues its objections to letting a jury see a test explosion done by the FBI as part of its investigation of Aldawsari.

The trial is scheduled for April 30th.

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