Jury to begin hearing Texas bomb plot trial
posted Jun 22 2012 7:05AM
AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - Federal prosecutors will begin presenting their case against a Saudi man accused of gathering bomb components in his West Texas apartment with the goal of targeting sites across the United States.
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 22, faces up to life in prison if convicted of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Targets he allegedly researched included the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush, dams and nuclear plants.
Opening statements are set for Friday morning in Amarillo. Aldawsari, a former Texas Tech University chemical engineering student, has pleaded not guilty.
A jury of eight women and six men was selected Thursday; the panel includes two alternates.
Court records show Aldawsari's attorneys plan to use an insanity defense.