Five North Carolina men accused in 2009 of being part of a local terrorism ring that threatened jihad overseas entered not guilty pleas Monday in federal court.
Dylan Boyd, 23; Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 23; Ziyad Yaghi, 22; Hysen Sherifi, 26; and Anes Subasic, 34, are set to go to trial in mid-September on multiple felony charges tied to a case that stirred shock and disbelief in the quiet community where the accused and their families lived.
Sherifi also is charged in a planned attack on the Marine base in Quantico, Va.
Daniel Patrick Boyd, the man authorities describe as the ringleader of the group, pleaded guilty in February to charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and conspiracy to murder, kidnap, maim and injure persons in a foreign country.
His youngest son, Zakariya Boyd, 22, pleaded guilty in June to a single count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. Both men await sentencing.
The trial, scheduled to be held in New Bern, N.C., could last at least two months.
Chief U.S. District Judge Louise Flanagan ruled earlier this month that Subasic would be tried separately because he plans to represent himself.
In her order, Flanagan said that Subasic often loses focus during proceedings and argues points that already have been decided. Lawyers for the other defendants worried that his ramblings might prejudice a jury against their clients.
An eighth suspect is believed to be in Pakistan, but has never been arrested. A ninth person was arrested in Kosovo, but the United States doesn't have an extradition agreement with that country.