2017 trial set for 2 men accused in plot to kill blogger

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Posted: Jul 29, 2015 4:56 PM

BOSTON (AP) — A 2017 trial date is scheduled for two men charged with conspiring to support the Islamic State group in a plot to kill a conservative blogger known for provoking Muslims.

Judge William Young set the date Wednesday for Nicholas Rovinski, of Warwick, Rhode Island, and David Wright, of Everett, Massachusetts. Defense attorneys sought the extra time to review thousands of documents and computer records.

The men have been held without bail since pleading not guilty last month to conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

Prosecutors allege they plotted with Usaamah Rahim to behead blogger Pamela Geller, who organized a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas in May. The plot wasn't carried out.

Rahim was killed by investigators who say he lunged at them with a knife when they approached him June 2 in Boston.