Court resumes for man who allegedly helped plan attack
A valley man accused of helping plan an attack on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas is back in court.
PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A valley man accused of helping plan an attack on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas is back in court.
Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem spent the afternoon watching his friends testify as prosecution witnesses. They included a friend of 12 years, that friends wife and their 9 year-old son.
The 9-year-old told jury about how Abdul Kareem took him and his father shooting in the desert outside Phoenix. The wife talked about how one night while Kareem was staying with them he said "that all the military should die because of what they are doing to people and children overseas."
The defense attorney was quick to point out that Abdul Malik had been drinking when he made that comment and apologized the next day.
The majority of the day was dedicated to what investigators found on the computer belonging to one of the two shooters. On it, investigators found jihadist pictures, videos and writings including talks from Anwar Al-Awalki -- a major force in the growth of ISIS. He was killed in a 2011 us airstrike.
But those pictures were found on the one of the shooter's computers, not Abdul Malik and his attorney pointed out. In fact, when questioned by the defense, the federal investigator said no items related to the Islamic state were found on Abdul Kareem computer.
The trial continues Wednesday and is expected to last for three weeks.