Man convicted of conspiracy to support Islamic State terrorist group

A jury has convicted an Arizona man of conspiring to provide support to the Islamic State terrorist group.
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Latest on the trial of an Arizona man charged with helping plan an attack on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas (all times local):
 
1:20 p.m.
 
A jury has convicted an Arizona man of conspiring to provide support to the Islamic State terrorist group.
 
Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem also was found guilty Thursday on other counts stemming from an attack last spring at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas.
 
Authorities say Kareem bankrolled and motivated two Islamic State followers who were killed in a shootout while trying to carry out a rampage at the anti-Islam event.
 
Kareem also was convicted of providing guns used in the May 3 attack. Authorities say he and the two gunmen had researched travel to the Middle East to join Islamic State fighters.
 
The case marked one of the first times a person was tried in the U.S. on charges related to the terrorist group. 
 
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12:40 p.m.
 
Jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of an Arizona man charged with plotting an attack at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas.
 
The verdict is scheduled to be read at 1 p.m. Thursday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix.
 
Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem is accused of hosting two friends at his home to discuss plans for the May 3 attack in Garland, Texas. He's also charged with providing support to the Islamic State terrorist group.
 
Investigators say the 44-year-old moving company owner provided the guns used in the attack and went target shooting with two friends who were later killed in a police shootout outside the contest.
 
Kareem vehemently denies the allegations.
 
Jurors heard closing arguments last Friday before getting the case.
 

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