September 05, 2012
From StarNewsOnline: Attorneys Request Cases Be Split In Beheading Plot
The Shallotte defense attorney for a man accused of plotting the beheadings of witnesses who testified against his brother in a terrorism trial asked a judge Tuesday to separate his client's case from that of his co-defendants.
Attorney W. James Payne said his client Shkumbin Sherifi's defense "is so stark in contrast with that of his co-defendants that the jury will be forced to disbelieve one defense in order to believe another."
Sherifi, 22, is charged along with his brother Hysen Sherifi, 28, and Nevine Aly Elshiekh, 46, with plotting to hire a hit man to behead three witnesses from the federal terrorism trial of Hysen Sherifi. Hysen Sherifi was found guilty of various terrorism charges related to a plot to bomb a Marine Corps base...
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