UPDATE:: Hearing set for man charged in murder-terrorism case
A Washington state man accused of terrorism for allegedly killing a New Jersey college student last year over the United States’ policy in the Middle East is set to make a court appearance.
Ali Muhammad Brown has a status hearing scheduled Wednesday.
The charges against the 30-year-old Brown include the first-ever terrorism counts filed under New Jersey’s law.Brown also faces murder counts in Washington stemming from the June deaths of two men killed in Seattle after they left a gay nightclub.
UPDATE:: Regardless of where Ali Muhammad Brown is tried - Washington or New Jersey - one question needs to be answered: are these hate crimes? Or where the victims easy targets, lured to their deaths by opportunity. Then one needs to take into account the religious aspect:__
"My mission is my mission between me and my Lord. That's it," Brown told prosecutors during an interview at a New Jersey jail, according to court documents cited by the Times. "My mission is vengeance, for the lives, millions of lives are lost every day. … All these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government. So a life for a life."
It's unclear whether Brown, who is being detained in New Jersey, will be tried in the Washington killings or the New Jersey killings first — but prosecutors are considering seeking the death penalty for the Washington murders. Similarly, prosecutors have not yet indicated whether or not they will seek an elevated hate crime charge for the targeted killing of the gay couple.
A Seattle man who confessed to killing four people in Washington and New Jersey this year said each shooting was part of a mission of vengeance against the U.S. government for its actions in the Middle East, according to court documents released Wednesday.
Ali Muhammad Brown, who had already been charged in the targeted killing of a gay couple in Seattle and the point-blank shooting of a New Jersey college student, was charged Wednesday with the April slaying of 30-year-old Leroy Henderson in Skyway, Wash., according to the King County Prosecutor's Office.
According to a criminal complaint filed in King County, Brown took responsibility for each shooting and told investigators he carried out the killings to gain retribution for lives lost during U.S. military action in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.
"My mission is my mission between me and my lord. That's it," Brown said during a jailhouse interview in New Jersey, according to the court filings. "My mission is vengeance, for the lives, millions of lives are lost every day."
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"All these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government," Brown continued. "So a life for a life."
Seattle man says he killed 4 in Wash., N.J. to gain revenge against U.S. - LA Times