Saudi man pleads not guilty to bomb plot in Texas

Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari
By BETSY BLANEY, Associated Press

LUBBOCK, Texas – A Texas college student from Saudi Arabia accused of buying chemicals and equipment to build a weapon of mass destruction has pleaded not guilty.

Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari entered his plea at his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Koenig at the federal courthouse Monday in Lubbock. Koenig set a May 2 trial date.

If convicted of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction he faces up to life in prison.

Court documents allege he hatched plans to attack various U.S. targets, including New York City and former President George W. Bush's Dallas home.

Aldawsari was arrested Feb. 23. Court records indicate authorities traced his online purchases, discovered extremist online posts he made and secretly searched his apartment, computer and email accounts, and read his diary.