Grand jury gets case of Alabama man facing terrorism charge

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Posted: Dec 23, 2015 12:06 PM

PELL CITY, Ala. (AP) — A grand jury will hear the case of an Alabama man charged with trying to aid terrorists, although his attorney and others have raised questions about his mental capacity.

St. Clair County Judge Alan Furr denied a motion to reduce the $1 million bond for 18-year-old Peyton Pruitt of Pell City in a preliminary hearing Tuesday. Court records say Pruitt attempted to provide less than $1,000 in resources to aid terrorists.

Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/1mguTiM ) that St. Clair County Chief Investigator Tommy Dixon read a transcript of Pruitt's FBI interview and said he offered bomb-making information and advice about potential targets online to what he thought were representatives of terrorist groups.

Pruitt's lawyer Gibson Holladay and education workers have said Pruitt is intellectually disabled and lacks reasoning skills.