Suspect's attorney to use insanity defense

AP News
Posted: Nov 09, 2011 1:52 PM
Suspect's attorney to use insanity defense

The attorney for a Saudi man accused of trying to make a weapon of mass destruction will use an insanity defense in the case.

Rod Hobson, the attorney for Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, filed notice of his plan Wednesday at a federal courthouse in Lubbock, Texas.

Prosecutors allege Aldawsari bought chemicals and equipment to build a weapon of mass destruction. The 21-year-old U.S. college student from Saudi Arabia has pleaded not guilty.

Earlier this week, Hobson filed to a motion seeking psychiatric and psychological exams for Aldawsari.

Aldawsari was arrested Feb. 23. Court documents allege he planned to attack various U.S. targets, including sites in New York City and former President George W. Bush's home in Dallas.

A trial is set for Jan. 9.