NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Suspected Chelsea bomber, Ahmad Khan Rahimi, is back in a Manhattan court room Tuesday for day two of his trial.
The 30-year-old was removed from courtroom Monday after interrupting opening statements. Once he returned, Rahimi apologized saying he was upset because he hasn’t seen his wife since he was detained.
Rahimi, who lived with his family in Elizabeth, New Jersey, has been charged with crimes including bombing a public place, using a weapon of mass destruction and interstate transportation of explosives. He has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.
Rahimi planted a pipe bomb at a charity race in Seaside Park, New Jersey, that exploded but didn’t injure anyone, prosecutors said. He went back home then took a train into Manhattan and planted two pressure cooker bombs, they said.
One didn’t go off. The other, hidden near a large trash bin in Chelsea, did detonate and injured 30 people. He was shot by law enforcement during his arrest two days after the attacks.
On Tuesday, the balding, bearded man sat quietly as the government called witness after witness, WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported.
They painstakingly cross-referenced files from Apple, Google and Amazon to show he allegedly had 8,000 steel BBs delivered to his family’s fried chicken restaurant.
An Arabic translator took the stand, interpreting various words scrawled on the bloodstained notepad police found on Rahimi. On phrase in mixed Arabic and English said, ‘God willing, the sounds of bombs will be heard in the streets.’
The jury also saw copies of al-Qaida’s Inspire Magazine, which prosecutors said they found on Rahimi’s laptop — including the much-discussed article, “How to Make a Bomb in the Kitchen with Your Mom.”
While he has not been charged with terrorism, prosecutors say his interest in jihad, terrorist attacks and terrorist organizations vastly influenced his plans. They said he was arrested carrying a notebook with writings with such passages as “the sounds of bombs will be heard in the streets.”
Rahimi’s defense attorney, Meghan Gilligan, asked jurors to keep an open mind about the case and said the government would not be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that her client is guilty.
“He is at the end of the day a person,” who deserves an open mind from jurors, she said.
Rahimi also has been charged with attempted murder in New Jersey because authorities say he shot at police officers during his arrest. Details of the shootout won’t be included in the federal trial.
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