Central Texas terror suspects plead not guilty - MyFoxAustin.com | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather, Sports

Central Texas terror suspects plead not guilty

Posted: Updated:

The two Central Texas men accused of conspiring to provide support to terrorists entered not guilty pleas Friday. They were scheduled to appear in court, but waived their right to go before a judge.

On Tuesday federal agents descended on a Teravista home in Round Rock and arrested one of the occupants--23-year-old Rahatul Khan.

Khan is accused of conspiring with others to recruit persons to travel overseas to support terrorist activities including committing violent jihad. He is quoted as saying he could not wait to "spill blood."

Khan graduated from McNeil High School in 2009. He now attends U.T. and was named as a scholar in the college of liberal arts.

His mother, whom he lived with, is a licensed psychiatrist who practices at Ft. Hood.

The same day of Khan's arrest, federal agents met another former Round Rock ISD student at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.

Twenty-three-year-old Michael Todd Wolfe and his family were boarding a flight to Toronto. Investigators say Wolfe planned to travel to the Middle East to provide his services to radical groups engaged in armed conflict in Syria.

His last address was the Scofield Park Apartments in North Austin.

On Wednesday both were indicted by a grand jury.

On Friday they entered not guilty pleas for attempting to provide material support to terrorists.

Khan's attorney filed an additional motion for continuance to give them more time to prepare to go before a judge. Khan's next day in court is set for June 30.

What is the threat level of these suspects? We asked former U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton for that answer.

"Obviously it's very serious when you're supporting, giving material support to terrorists. And it's particularly scary because one of these guys had an American passport. That is what Al Quaida and some of these radical terrorists are trying to get. They especially want someone with an American passport. The reason for that is they can travel internationally without as much scrutiny," said Sutton.

Powered by WorldNow

KTBC FOX 7
119 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 476-7777
Fax: (512) 495-7001

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices