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Defense rests without Aldawsari testimony

Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari (Source: Randall County Sheriff's Department) Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari (Source: Randall County Sheriff's Department)

Testimony in the trial of 22-year-old Khalid Aldawsari concluded Tuesday. He is being charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

The defense and prosecution continued to question FBI special agent Michael Orendorff. Orendorff is a Lubbock-based agent that was heavily involved with the case. He began his testimony Monday afternoon.

Orendorff discussed the numerous agencies that were involved with the investigation including the FBI, IRS, LPD, LSO, ICE and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Phone conversations were also played in which Orendorff posed as a salesman for Carolina Biological in order to obtain information from Aldawsari.

The defense continued to raise their argument that no weapon was never actually created, so there was no way he could attempt to use it.

Orendorff was also questioned about some of Aldawsari's journal entries in where he states "I, Abu-Zidan Al najdi, confirm my determination to kill the infidel assailants. I no longer have an interest in life of this world."

A Cole-Parmer employee than took the stand. He discussed Aldawsari's attempts to obtain chemicals from his company.

Before the lunch break, an FBI forensic chemist took the stand and was questioned about his knowledge of explosives. He discussed the picric acid and phenol Aldawsari was trying to obtain. A video was shown that was found on Aldawsari's thumb drive, in which a masked man takes viewers step by step through the process of making picric acid. The video is in Arabic.

Both sides rested Tuesday afternoon. After the prosecution rested, the defense simply stated they would not present any evidence and they were resting their case.

The judge asked Aldawsari to approach the bench and asked him if he knew what he was doing. The judge gave him another chance to testify and Aldawsari declined. 

Closing arguments will begin Wednesday morning at 9 am. 

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