LUBBOCK, Texas — A Texas college student from Saudi Arabia accused of buying chemicals and equipment to build a weapon of mass destruction pleaded not guilty yesterday.
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, his hands and feet shackled and wearing dark blue jail clothing, entered his plea at his arraignment before US Magistrate Judge Nancy Koenig at the federal courthouse in Lubbock, Texas. Koenig set a May 2 trial date. If convicted of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, he faces up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Earlier this month US District Judge Sam Cummings, the trial judge, issued an order prohibiting lawyers from speaking about the case. Court documents allege Aldawsari hatched plans to attack targets in New York City and at President George W. Bush’s Dallas home, among other sites.