Defense rests without Aldawsari testimony - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

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)
AMARILLO, TX (KCBD) -

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. 

Copyright 2012 KCBD. All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • After school shooting, Florida leaders propose new gun laws

    After school shooting, Florida leaders propose new gun laws

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:34 PM EST2018-02-23 04:34:46 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 9:06 PM EST2018-02-24 02:06:06 GMT
    (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...(Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect,...

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect, other issues.

  • Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe

    Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe

    Friday, February 23 2018 12:14 AM EST2018-02-23 05:14:34 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 8:47 PM EST2018-02-24 01:47:31 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - in this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates departs Federal District Court in Washington. In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - in this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates departs Federal District Court in Washington. In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday...

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

  • Fans draw near United Supermarkets Arena as College GameDay arrives in Lubbock

    Fans draw near United Supermarkets Arena as College GameDay arrives in Lubbock

    Friday, February 23 2018 8:08 PM EST2018-02-24 01:08:36 GMT
    Tech students camp out before they are allowed to be admitted into the United Supermarkets Arena (Source: Matt Rewis, KCBD)Tech students camp out before they are allowed to be admitted into the United Supermarkets Arena (Source: Matt Rewis, KCBD)

    ESPN's College GameDay has arrived in Lubbock again for the first time since 2008. The College GameDay crew was in town for the Texas Tech vs.Texas game which Tech won on a last-second touchdown by Michael Crabtree.

    ESPN's College GameDay has arrived in Lubbock again for the first time since 2008. The College GameDay crew was in town for the Texas Tech vs.Texas game which Tech won on a last-second touchdown by Michael Crabtree.

Powered by Frankly