Abdo Trial Delayed

A Texas federal judge sets the trial for May

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012  |  Updated 2:41 PM CDT
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Abdo Trial Delayed

Pfc. Naser Abdo

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A federal judge in Texas has set a May trial date for the soldier charged with planning to bomb a restaurant filled with Fort Hood troops.

Pfc Naser Jason Abdo's trial was set for later this month, but U.S. District Judge Walter Smith issued a written ruling Monday saying the delay will give the defense more time to prepare.

Last month the judge approved Abdo's request for a new attorney.

If convicted, Abdo faces up to life in prison for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and eight other charges.

He was arrested in July at a Killeen motel near the Texas Army post.

Authorities said they found a handgun and the ingredients for an explosive device in his room and backpack, and he told officials of his plot after his arrest.

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