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Man accused in Michigan mosque plot heading to trial

May 16, 2011

DETROIT (AP) — The lawyer for a mentally ill Vietnam veteran set to stand trial on charges he planned to attack a prominent Michigan mosque with fireworks police say they found in his car is guilty only of "hyperbole."

Defense attorney Matthew Evans says Roger Stockham wanted "his day in court." The Detroit trial for the 63-year-old convert to Islam starts Tuesday. He's from Imperial Beach, Calif.

A message seeking comment was left with the Wayne County prosecutor's office.

Stockham was arrested Jan. 24 outside Dearborn's Islamic Center of America. Police say he wore a ski mask and had powerful illegal fireworks. He's charged with making a false report or threat of terrorism and possessing explosives with unlawful intent.

Stockham says he planned to spray-paint a message protesting the Iraq war.

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