Judge In Texas Rules Terror Bomb Suspect Competent

Published February 21, 2012 5:09PM (EST)

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A federal judge in West Texas has ruled that a Saudi man accused of trying to make a weapon of mass destruction is mentally competent to stand trial.

U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings issued his ruling Tuesday after prosecutors in the case against Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari (KAH'-lihd ah-lee-EHM' al-duh-SAHR'-ee) submitted a report from his psychiatric evaluation.

His defense offered no argument but asked that the report be sealed. Cummings ordered it sealed.

Aldawsari's trial is scheduled to begin April 30 in Lubbock.

Court documents allege the U.S. college student planned to attack various targets, including sites in New York City and former President George W. Bush's home in Dallas. Aldawsari entered the U.S. legally.

Aldawsari has pleaded not guilty. His attorney says he plans to use an insanity defense.

By Salon Staff

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