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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 01/ 7/2011

Not guilty plea in Md. bomb case

By Maria Glod

A 21-year old Baltimore man accused of plotting to blow up a military recruiting station pleaded not guilty to the charges Friday.

Antonio Martinez appeared in a brief hearing in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

Authorities said Martinez, who recently converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Hussain, was determined to kill members of the military who he saw as a threat to Muslims. The FBI learned of Martinez's intentions through Facebook and an informant, joined the plot and supplied him with a fake car bomb that he tried to detonate.

Defense attorneys have argued that Martinez was not capable of carrying out an attack on his own and was caught in a government sting operation.

By Maria Glod  | January 7, 2011; 10:45 AM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Maria Glod, Maryland  
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