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Derrick Thompson update: Alleged terror plot suspect requests pre-trial release

Posted at 12:57 PM, Feb 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-23 00:17:52-05

Alleged terror plot suspect Derrick Thompson has requested to be released until trial according to court documents filed Friday. 

The 30-year-old man, who also goes by the name Abu Talib Al-Amriki, was arrested by the Arizona Joint Terrorism Task force in late December after a two-year surveillance by the FBI.

He plead not guilty last month to charges of supporting the terror group Islamic State and plotting a "lone wolf" style attack.

In court paperwork obtained by ABC15, Thompson "respectfully requests this Court to modify his release conditions and release him on his own recognizance or in the alternative, to release him to pretrial services."

In the court motion, Thompson’s legal team says the state's case against Thompson is "not very strong," and is based on inferences to comments made on social media. They say agents inferred from those comments that Thompson was inciting violence, but they have no actual evidence to support it.

Investigators say Thompson made several Google searches including midnight mass, martyrdom vs. suicide and which type of gun is the most powerful. They say Thompson also tried to buy a gun from backpage.com with the intent to carry out the attack.