Attorneys for Ismail Hamed file motions for his release

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Posted at 12:04 PM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 15:04:48-04

PHOENIX — Attorneys for Ismail Hamed, the Fountain Hills teen charged with terrorism, filed motions in Maricopa County Superior Court last week, requesting Hamed be released until trial.

In court documents obtained by ABC15, Hamed's attorneys requested he be released with electronic monitoring or have the court "significantly reduce" his $500,000 cash bond.

Defense lawyers claim the current bond is excessive and Hamed is not a flight risk. They say Hamed is a long time Arizona resident and would live with his parents.

Court records show that Hamed has been in custody for nearly eight months. His lawyers also say Hamed "has endured many difficulties being away from his family, including isolation, stress/anxiety and harassment from others in jail."

On January 7, Hamed was shot and arrested after allegedly threatening a MCSO deputy with a knife. A grand jury later indicted him on two charges of terrorism and aggravated assault.

MCSO Sheriff Paul Penzone says Ismail Hamed was in the process of "radicalizing" and evidence shows his attempt was to harm the deputy to "promote terror."

Hamed's trial is expected to begin on October 14, 2019.