US Army soldier bomb plot case to go to grand jury

By REUTERS
August 5, 2011 00:56

 
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WACO, Texas - A US judge on Thursday said there was sufficient evidence against an Army soldier accused of a plot to bomb soldiers from a Texas military base to send the case a grand jury, which will decide whether it goes to trial.

Naser Jason Abdo, 21, is charged with plotting to explode a bomb in a restaurant frequented by soldiers from Fort Hood, the military base that was the site of a 2009 killing rampage that killed 13 people and wounded 32 others.

After an hour-long hearing, US Magistrate Jeffrey C. Manske agreed with government prosecutors that evidence against Abdo justified referring the charges to a grand jury, which will consider whether there is enough evidence for a trial.

A grand jury will meet on Aug. 9 in Waco to weigh that evidence, according to Keith Dorsett, Abdo's court-appointed attorney.

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