PHOENIX – The Latest on the trial of an Arizona man charged with planning an attack on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas (all times local):
An Arizona man charged with planning an attack on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas has testified about his rift with one of the men who later died in a police shootout outside the controversial event.
Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem told jurors Tuesday at his trial that he evicted Elton Simpson from his home because he believed Simpson put a recording device in his car.
He also says he disapproved of Simpson using Kareem's laptop to view al-Qaida promotional materials.
Still, Kareem says he and Simpson eventually reconciled.
Kareem also denied an allegation that he asked another one-time roommate if he knew how to make a pipe bomb.
Prosecutors allege Kareem wanted to blow up the Arizona stadium where the 2015 Super Bowl was held.
An Arizona man charged with planning an attack on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas took the witness stand in his own defense.
Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem testified at his trial Tuesday about how he became acquainted with two Phoenix men who died in a police shootout outside the May 3 contest in suburban Dallas.
Kareem told jurors that he met Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi at Soofi's pizza restaurant in Phoenix in 2011. The trio attended the same mosque.
He has pleaded not guilty to conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and other charges.
Prosecutors haven't yet gotten a chance to question Kareem, and he hasn't yet been asked to respond to the allegations against him.