Not-guilty pleas in terror case

Los Angeles Times - - NEWS -

Two men pleaded not guilty to con­spir­ing to sup­port the Is­lamic State group in a plot to kill a con­ser­va­tive blog­ger who has an­gered Mus­lims.

David Wright, 25, of Everett, Mass., and Ni­cholas Rovin­ski, 24, of War­wick, R.I., en­tered the pleas in fed­eral court in Bos­ton. Both were in­dicted on charges of con­spir­ing to pro­vide ma­te­rial sup­port to a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion by plot­ting with Bos­ton ter­ror­ism sus­pect Usaamah Rahim, 26, to be­head blog­ger Pamela Geller. The plot wasn’t car­ried out.

Rahim was killed by in­ves­ti­ga­tors who say he lunged at them with a knife in Bos­ton on June 2 when they ap­proached him to talk about a recorded phone call. In the phone con­ver­sa­tion, author­i­ties say, Rahim told Wright he had changed his mind about killing Geller and wanted to kill po­lice of­fi­cers in­stead.

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