The Latest: Deliberations begin at trial over Texas attack

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Posted: Mar 11, 2016 6:13 PM
The Latest: Deliberations begin at trial over Texas attack

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the case of a man accused orchestrating an attack on an anti-Islam event in Texas last year (all times local):

4:10 p.m.

A jury has begun deliberations at the trial of Arizona man charged with plotting an attack last spring at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas.

Jurors at the trial of Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem heard closing arguments most of Friday and met privately for about 20 minutes before going home.

No verdict has yet been reached.

Kareem is accused of hosting the two gunmen at his home to discuss plans for the attack, going target shooting in the remote Arizona desert with the pair and providing the guns used at the contest.

He also faces a charge of providing support to the Islamic State terrorist group.

Kareem vehemently denies the allegation.

Deliberations are scheduled to resume on Tuesday.

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2:15 p.m.

A lawyer for an Arizona man charged with plotting an attack at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas says authorities wrongfully targeted his client because two of his friends were killed as they tried to carry out a mass shooting.

In closing arguments Friday, attorney Daniel Maynard says federal authorities arrested his client — Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem — to save face for having been warned beforehand about one of the two gunmen who was later killed outside the May 3 contest.

Maynard says authorities knew Elton Simpson was traveling to Texas and sent photos of him and the car he was traveling in to local authorities, but they weren't able to stop the attack.

Kareem is standing trial in federal court in Phoenix on charges that he provided support to the Islamic State terrorist group.

He's accused of providing the guns used in the Texas attack and going target shooting with two friends who were later killed in a police shootout outside the cartoon-drawing contest.

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10:55 a.m.

Federal prosecutors described a Phoenix man as the motivator, financier and trainer of two men who drove to Texas to carry out an attack on an anti-Islam event last year.

Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem is standing trial in federal court in Phoenix on charges that he provided support to the Islamic State terrorist group. He is accused of providing the guns used in the Texas attack and going target shooting with two friends who were later killed in a police shootout outside the Prophet Muhammad cartoon-drawing contest.

Prosecutor Joseph Koehler said Kareem orchestrated the attack. He noted that the two men were close friends of Kareem and brought an Islamic State flag to the event "to announce to the world" that they were there on behalf of the terrorist group.

Kareem denies the allegations and said he had nothing to do with the attack.

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2:04 a.m.

Attorneys are scheduled to make closing arguments Friday at the trial of an Arizona man charged with plotting an attack at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas.

Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem is accused of providing the guns used in the attack and going target shooting with two friends who were later killed in a police shootout outside the contest.

Kareem also is charged with providing support to the Islamic State terrorist group.

He vehemently denies the allegations.

His case is the first in which the government tried a person on charges related to the Islamic State.

A trial in New York that started halfway through Kareem's trial concluded Wednesday with a guilty verdict against a man charged with attempting to join the group.