PHOENIX (AP) — Jurors at the trial of an Arizona man accused of planning a shooting at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas viewed the social media posting of another man who was killed in a shootout with police as he tried to carry out the attack.
The jury at the trial of Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem was shown a Twitter posting made by his friend, Elton Simpson, 16 minutes before the start of the May 3 attack in Garland, Texas.
Simpson wrote, “May Allah accept us as mujahideen.”
The postings provide insight into the attack, but it’s unclear whether there is a connection to Kareem, who didn’t have a Twitter account and wasn’t mentioned by name in the comments.
Kareem denies planning the attack.
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