Federal prosecutors say they will show three Raleigh men were part of a plot to kill soldiers at Fort Bragg and Marines in Virginia.
The Sun Journal reported that opening statements were made Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New Bern.
Assistant U.S. Attorney John S. Bowler says evidence will show the men were part of a group who planned to kill servicemen at Fort Bragg and the Marine Base at Quantico, Va.
Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, Ziyad Yaghi and Hysen Sherifi face multiple felony charges.
Attorneys for the men made separate opening statements in which they said their clients are innocent.
Bowler says accused ringleader Daniel Patrick Boyd will testify against the men. Boyd pleaded guilty in February.
Three Raleigh men accused of plotting terrorist attacks are scheduled to go on trial at the federal courthouse in New Bern.
Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, Ziyad Yaghi and Hysen Sherifi face multiple felony charges related to allegations they conspired to attack the U.S. Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., and targets overseas. They have pleaded not guilty.
A fourth defendant, Anes Subasic, has waived his right to an attorney and is representing himself. He will be tried following the conclusion of proceedings against the other three.
Accused ringleader Daniel Patrick Boyd 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 sons, Dylan and Zakariya Boyd, have also pleaded guilty.
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