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Khalid Aldawsari Files Request for New Trial

A former Texas Tech University student from Saudi Arabia convicted in a failed bomb plot has asked for a new trial.

Attorneys for Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari filed the request Wednesday in federal court in Lubbock.

Aldawsari was convicted last month in Amarillo for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

He was arrested in 2011 and had researched possible targets, one including the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush.

Aldawsari’s lawyers claim that there is no evidence that he possessed a weapon of mass destruction while challenging statements made by the prosecution that Aldawsari planned an attack since he was a child.

Sentencing is October 9th of this year and Aldawsari faces up to life in prison.

The U.S. attorney’s office declined comment Thursday.

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