Terror case hearing Monday might not happen

Published: Jun. 11, 2011 at 11:18 PM CDT|Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 at 1:15 AM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock's nationally known terror case suspect, Khalid Aldawsari, 21, might not go to court Monday for a hearing.  The judge set a conference status hearing for Monday in open court, then changed it to a meeting behind closed doors with attorneys in the case.

The decision to close the hearing seems to run afoul of a recent appeals court opinion.  Regardless, prosecutors late Friday afternoon gave notice that a status conference is no longer needed.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Dick Baker wrote, "The parties ... have reached an agreement on a proposed scheduling order, which was the purpose of conducting a Status Conference...  Therefore, the scheduled Status Conference is moot."

The judge has not yet responded.

Aldawsari was arrested in February on a charge of Attempted Use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction.  He is accused of building a chemical bomb in his central Lubbock apartment to blow up a power plant or the home of former President George W. Bush, or other potential targets.

If convicted, Aldawsari faces any number of years in prison.  His trial is scheduled for October.

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