AMARILLO, Texas - The attorney defending a Saudi man accused of gathering bomb components in his West Texas apartment calls his client "a failure" who never came close to carrying out any plot.
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari faces up to life in prison if convicted of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Investigators say the 22-year-old man researched targets including the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush.
Aldawsari's attorney, Dan Cogdell, said in his opening argument Friday that his client never took the "substantial step" toward detonating a bomb. Cogdell says he thanks authorities for stopping Aldawsari.
Prosecutor Jeffrey Haag says the evidence against Aldawsari demands a conviction. Authorities say they found almost everything needed to build a bomb when they secretly searched his Lubbock apartment.
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 this 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.
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