Khalid Aldawsari will get an extra 14 days to challenge his conviction on terror-related charges. Aldawsari was a college student in early 2011 when he was arrested and accused of collecting material in his Central Lubbock apartment for a bomb. Court records say he had proposed targets nationwide including the home for former President George W. Bush.
A federal judge on Monday granted lawyers for Aldawsari a deadline of July 25th to request a new trial or move to overturn Aldwasari's conviction. The defense team claimed that transcripts were not available in time to meet a July 11th deadline. Prosecutors were not opposed to a 14 day extension.
The trial was moved from Lubbock to Amarillo on a change of venue, where a jury on June 27 convicted Aldawsari on one count of Attempted Use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction. The law says Aldawsari faces "any number of years" in prison and his sentencing date is tentatively set for September 11.
Court records do not indicate that the 14-day extension will have any effect on the sentencing date.
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