CHICAGO, (UPI) — A 19-year-old suspect pleaded not guilty in a Chicago federal court Friday to charges he attempted to have an FBI agent killed, court records showed.
Adel Daoud already faces terrorism charges in what prosecutors describe as an attempt to bomb Cactus Bar and Grill in downtown Chicago.
Daoud was jailed after he ignited what he thought was a car bomb outside the bar in 2012. An agent posing as a terrorist from New York offered to supply him with the bomb, WBBM, Chicago, reported.
An indictment last week alleged Daoud plotted while in jail to kill the agent to keep him from testifying at Daoud’s trial. He was charged with attempted murder of a federal agent, murder for hire and obstruction of justice.
After Friday’s plea, Thomas Anthony Durkin, Daoud’s lawyer, described his client as a naive and gullible teenager, and the victim of a “jailhouse snitch” who is at the heart of the attempted murder case.
The charges allege a person Dauod met in the Kankakee Country, Ill., jail offered to help in the killing of the agent in exchange for payment, the Chicago tribune said Friday.
“It’s an absurd plot on its face,” Durkin claimed. “He’s a 19-year-old kid with no money.”