Judge: Students facing explosives charges will be tried together
Posted on Thu, Nov. 29, 2007
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By MITCH STACY
Associated Press Writer
TAMPA, Fla. -- Two Egyptian college students facing federal explosives charges will be tried together, a judge ruled Thursday.
One of the defendants, Youssef Samir Megahed, asked U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday to sever the cases earlier this month. Merryday denied that motion without comment in a written order Thursday.
Megahed and fellow University of South Florida student Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed were stopped by police for speeding near Charleston, S.C., on Aug. 4. Officers said they found materials to build explosives in the trunk of the car.
Both were indicted on charges of transporting explosive materials.