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Federal judge delays Chicago terrorism trial to allow time for 2nd mental evaluation

Attorney Thomas Durkin, center, leads his client Adel Daoud's parents, Mona, left, and Ahmed, through the federal courthouse lobby in Chicago.

Attorney Thomas Durkin, center, leads his client Adel Daoud's parents, Mona, left, and Ahmed, through the federal courthouse lobby in Chicago.  (AP)

A federal judge has ordered a new mental exam for a 21-year-old man accused of trying to set off a bomb in Chicago, after the suspect told the court he would plead guilty if authorities admit they arrested him because he's a Muslim.

U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman on Tuesday pushed Adel Daoud's trial on terrorism charges to Sept. 30 to allow time for a second mental health evaluation.

His attorney had previously asked for a delay to the scheduled July 27 trial.

Daoud has denied that he accepted a phony car bomb from an undercover FBI agent, parked it by a downtown Chicago bar and pressed a trigger. He's also accused of trying to have that FBI agent killed following his arrest.