The Latest: Shooter's friend appears in federal court

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Posted: Dec 17, 2015 8:28 PM
The Latest: Shooter's friend appears in federal court

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The latest on the shootings in San Bernardino, California (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

The man accused of conspiring with San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook has made his first court appearance.

Enrique Marquez appeared disheveled but calm and showed no emotion during his 10-minute appearance Thursday in federal court in Riverside. His bail hearing was continued to Monday.

Marquez wore dark-rimmed glasses and a beige T-shirt over black pants with the pockets turned out. His short hair flopped over his forehead and he had a slight stubble.

As the judge read Marquez his rights, he leaned back in his chair and swiveled it back and forth with his handcuffed hands on his belly.

He gave one-word answers to technical questions before being ordered into U.S. marshals' custody.

The 24-year-old Marquez was charged Thursday with three counts including conspiring to support terrorists and illegally purchasing two assault rifles that Farook and his wife used to kill 14 people Dec. 2. The shooters later died in a gunbattle with police.

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4:50 p.m.

The man accused of conspiring with San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook also is charged with immigration fraud over an alleged sham marriage that made the two men in-laws.

Court documents released Thursday say Enrique Marquez agreed to marry Mariya Chernykh, who is from Russia, so that she could be a legal U.S. resident. The documents say Marquez was paid $200 a month for the arrangement. Chernykh's sister is married to Farook's brother Raheel.

Records show Marquez married Chernykh at a ceremony at the Islamic Society of Corona-Norco last year, though the mosque's facility manager denied it occurred there.

The documents say Marquez and his wife did not live together, that Chernykh instead lived with her boyfriend, with whom she had a child.

Investigators say Marquez's family members had no idea he was married until after this month's shooting that killed 14 people.

They say they found text messages between Marquez and Chernykh saying they were nervous about an upcoming interview with immigration officials because they had spent so little time together.

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4:32 p.m.

In the hours after the San Bernardino massacre, the man who bought the assault rifles used in the attack called 911 to report he'd given a gun to suspect Syed Farook for "storage."

According to court records released Thursday, an apparently distraught Enrique Marquez was also considering suicide.

The dispatcher asks, "Why do you feel like you want to kill yourself?"

Marquez answers that his neighbor did the shooting.

The dispatcher then asks, "He used your gun?"

Marquez answers, "Yes. Oh my God."

The 24-year-old Marquez was charged Thursday with terrorism-related counts including illegally purchasing two assault rifles used by Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, to kill 14 people on Dec. 2. The shooters died in a gunbattle with police.

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3:30 p.m.

Court documents say a friend of the gunman in the San Bernardino massacre helped him plan Southern California attacks that were never carried out against a major freeway and a local college, both designed to maximize casualties.

The documents describing charges Thursday against 24-year-old Enrique Marquez say he admitted plotting the attacks with Syed Rizwan Farook on Riverside Community College and State Route 91 in or around late 2011.

At the college, where both men had previously been students, the men planned to throw pipe bombs into crowds of students at the library or cafeteria. Investigators say Marquez discussed specific plans to throw the bombs on gathered students at the cafeteria from the upper floors.

The documents say the men also identified a long stretch of the 91 freeway with no exits, where Farook would throw pipe bombs that would stop rush-hour traffic, allowing him then to walk along the freeway and gun down motorists in their stranded cars.

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2:15 p.m.

A man who bought the assault rifles used by his friend in the San Bernardino massacre has been charged with terrorism-related counts.

Federal prosecutors say Enrique Marquez was charged Thursday with conspiring with Syed Rizwan Farook to commit terrorism in 2011 and 2012.

Marquez also was charged with illegally purchasing two assault rifles used by Farook and his wife to kill 14 people at a holiday gathering of Farook's health department co-workers on Dec. 2.

Authorities previously said Marquez had legally purchased the high-powered guns.

Marquez faces an additional immigration charge for a sham marriage with a member of Farook's family.

The 24-year-old Marquez was a neighbor and longtime friend of Farook's, and the two later became related through marriage. Marquez and Farook's brother are married to sisters from Russia.

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8:30 a.m.

Two law enforcement officials say the man who bought the assault rifles used in the San Bernardino massacre is expected to be charged as early as Thursday.

The officials say the exact federal charges against Enrique Marquez aren't immediately clear. The officials aren't authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Authorities say Marquez legally purchased the high-powered guns used by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife to kill 14 people at a holiday gathering of Farook's health department co-workers on Dec. 2.

Farook and Tashfeen Malik died in a shootout with police hours later.

The 24-year-old Marquez was a neighbor and longtime friend of Farook's, and the two later became related through marriage. Marquez and Farook's brother are married to sisters from Russia.

— From Associated Press writer Eric Tucker in Washington, D.C.