Prosecution rests in terrorist trial
Tue, 26 Jun 2012 22:24:11 GMT —
ors rested in the case against Khalid Ali-M Aldaswari. Defense lawyers will not be presenting any new evidence, resting their defense.
Closing arguments will begin tomorrow with each side being given only an hour for statements.
Jurors spent Tuesday morning watching several different bomb making videos, demonstrated by "the masked chemist" in the video.
"Following these steps, you would get picric acid," said Robert Mothershead, an FBI forensic examiner.
Special Agent Michael Morris continued his testimony about the searches made on a computer by Aldaswari laying the foundation for the prosecution.
'The time for jihad has arrived' in a Nov 2010 journal entry found in his apartment. Other writings and videos were presented by agents as testimony.
Prosecutors presented evidence that the former chemical engineering student had a list of targets, including former President George W. Bush's home in Dallas.
Agents testified that he kept instructional videos, explaining how to make TNP and how to program cellphones for triggering an explosive.
Defense attorney Dan Cogdell argues that Aldawsari never took the "substantial step" necessary to complete the steps necessary for the charges against him.
Cogdell said his defendent was alone as a lone wolf. "I think the evidence will show he was a loser alone who failed."
FBI witnesses also stated the over 100 agents from 9 different agencies worked on gathering evidence against Aldaswari.
Aldawsari, could be given up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.