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Hearing delayed for man accused of supporting Islamic State

June 24, 2015

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A federal court hearing is being postponed for a 19-year-old North Carolina man accused of planning a killing spree in the U.S. to show his support for the Islamic State group in the Middle East.

A detention hearing scheduled Wednesday in Asheville for Justin Nojan Sullivan of Morganton was postponed. His defense lawyer, an appointed public defender, said Sullivan’s transfer by authorities would come too late for her to consult her client. Sullivan was held near Charlotte after his arrest Monday on charges including attempting to provide material support to Islamic State.

The defense lawyer declined comment Wednesday.

An undercover FBI employee in contact with Sullivan since early June reported that Sullivan said he wanted to kill hundreds by using biological weapons, bullets coated with cyanide and a gas bomb.

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