Rahimi, accused of NYC bombing, is starting his defense

Ahmad Khan Rahimi faces charges including five counts of murder, one count of first-degree attempted murder, three counts of using a weapon of mass destruction and one count of providing material support to ISIS.

A New Jersey man is facing the death penalty if convicted of terrorism charges in connection with last September’s explosion in New York City.

The prosecution rested its case Thursday against 21-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahimi, who faces charges including five counts of murder, one count of first-degree attempted murder, three counts of using a weapon of mass destruction and one count of providing material support to ISIS.

Rahimi’s brother testified that the defendant acted alone and was not influenced by anyone else. He also said he doubted that Rahimi, who was born in Afghanistan, had ties to the terror group.

Prosecutors accuse Rahimi of detonating a backpack bomb in a New York City bicycle path, and of planting two pressure cooker bombs in New Jersey, one that did not detonate and one that injured 30 people.

Rahimi has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Rahimi, who has been in federal custody since his arrest days after the attacks, is not a US citizen, but is a naturalized US citizen. He is represented by an appointed defense attorney.

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