Judge will hold hearing on delaying terrorism trial

DETROIT (AP) -- A federal judge wants to hear arguments on a request to change the October trial date for a Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a plane near Detroit.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds has scheduled a hearing for July 7. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's trial is set for Oct. 4, but an attorney assisting him says he needs more time after getting more evidence from the government.

Anthony Chambers is also asking for a new deadline to challenge evidence. Prosecutors have urged the judge to stick to the October trial date, saying any delays are "needless."

Abdulmutallab is charged with trying to ignite explosives in his underwear on an Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight on Christmas Day 2009.

Published: Fri, Jun 24, 2011

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