Judge Keeps Trial Date for Suspected Plane Bomber

DETROIT - A federal judge in Detroit has refused to push back the trial date for a Nigerian man accused of attempting to blow up a plane in the skies above Michigan.

U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds said Thursday that Umar Abdulmutallab (ahb-DOOL'-moo-TAH'-lahb) and his standby counsel have enough time to review and respond to evidence that could be presented at the start of his Oct. 11 trial.

Edmunds set Oct. 4 as the start of jury selection, which could take as long as a week.

Abdulmutallab's standby counsel argued that he needed more time to look over materials the government might seek to admit at trial.

Prosecutors said witnesses will be flown to Detroit from several foreign countries.

The government expects the trial to last about two weeks.

Abdulmutallab is accused of trying to blow up a plane as it approached Detroit Metropolitan Airport from Amsterdam on Christmas Day 2009.

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