Manhattan bomb suspect pleads not guilty to attempted murder

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The person accused of setting off bombs in New Jersey and New York, injuring greater than 30 individuals, pleaded not responsible Tuesday to tried homicide costs in his first in-person courtroom look.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, who was injured in a shootout with authorities, shuffled slowly into courtroom in a dark-green jail jumpsuit and sporting a white cranium cap. He needed to be helped into his chair within the jury field by courtroom officers. He did not converse in the course of the temporary continuing.

Rahimi faces costs he tried to kill cops earlier than they captured him Sept. 19 outdoors a bar in Linden, New Jersey. He is additionally accused of detonating a pipe bomb in New Jersey and a pressure-cooker bomb in New York Metropolis.

In October, an lawyer entered not-guilty pleas when the Afghan-born U.S. citizen appeared by way of video hyperlink from his hospital mattress in Newark, the place he was hospitalized with gunshot wounds.

On Tuesday, prosecutors confirmed to the decide that no plea deal gives had been made to Rahimi.

After the listening to, safety personnel closed off the streets across the courthouse as Rahimi was whisked away in a convoy of black SUVs. His subsequent courtroom date was scheduled for Feb. 28.

Rahimi faces 5 counts of tried homicide of a police officer in addition to weapons offenses.

Authorities say Rahimi, who lived together with his household in Elizabeth, a few dozen miles outdoors New York Metropolis, pulled a gun and fired on officers on the morning of Sept. 19 after a police officer in close by Linden discovered him asleep in a bar doorway.

A operating gunbattle ended with Rahimi shot and wounded. The officer who first came across Rahimi was shot however saved by his bulletproof vest, authorities stated. One other officer was grazed by a bullet.

The search began when a pipe bomb blew up two days earlier in Seaside Park, New Jersey, earlier than a charity race to profit Marines. Nobody was injured.

That night time, a shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bomb just like these used within the Boston Marathon assault exploded in New York's Chelsea part, wounding 31 individuals, none significantly. An unexploded pressure-cooker bomb was discovered blocks away.

One night time later, on Sept. 18, 5 explosive units have been found in a backpack in a trash can at an Elizabeth practice station — left there by Rahimi, in response to police. One of many bombs exploded whereas a police robotic was making an attempt to disarm it. Different units discovered inside have been eliminated by investigators.