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Court denies appeal of AWOL soldier convicted of bomb plot

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The AWOL soldier who planned to blow up a Killeen restaurant and shoot soldiers at Fort Hood will not be getting a new trial after his appeal was denied.

Naser Jason Abdo was convicted and sentenced to two life terms and an additional 60 years for a Fort Hood bomb plot. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Abdo's appeal request.

Abdo was convicted of one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, one count of attempted murder of officers or employees of the United Stats and four counts of possession of a weapon in furtherance of a federal crime of violence.

In the appeal, Abdo argues several things, including that he was denied the right to present a defense because the district court denied his request for funds for an expert witness.

The 5th Court of Appeals determined that the testimony made by the witness would not have helped Abdo's defense and that the court's denial of additional funds did not result in an unfair trial.

In the appeal, Abdo also argues that he was detained unlawfully, the court denied his motion to suppress evidence and statements he made to the police, and that two of the counts he was convicted off were similar.

The court rejected all of Abdo's arguments made in his appeal.

Click here for more information on Abdo filing his appeal

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