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He was arrested back in 2015 after his uncle who he's accused of conspiring with was shot and killed charging at police with a military style knife in Roslindale.

But Wright's defense attorney, Jessica Hedges, said in her opening statement to jurors that prosecutors will not be able to prove that her client actually harmed anyone and that they will eventually see his involvement for what it was: "He wanted to escape from the life he had".

"This is not a referendum on ISIS", she said, using another name for Islamic State. "This case is about one young man and what he intended".

But, she said, prosecutors will not be able to prove he meant to hurt anyone.

"In 2015, David felt very, very fat, very failed, and was living in a world of fantastical ideas", Hedges told jurors at the federal courthouse in Boston.

Wright, of Everett, is charged with obstruction of justice, conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and conspiring to commit acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries. Rahim had been under 24-hour surveillance by terrorism investigators.

Authorities say 27-year-old David Wright, of Everett, plotted with Rhode Island resident Nicholas Rovinski and another man in 2015 to kill Geller, who is from NY. The confrontation came after Wright on the call directed Rahim to carry out the execution, Siegmann said.

The cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, ended in gunfire, with two Muslim gunmen killed by police.

Law enforcement officers were monitoring their calls and, after hearing Rahim wanted to go after an "easier target" and attack police, attempted to question Rahim in a Boston supermarket parking lot, Siegmann said. Rahim then passed along Hussain's instructions to Wright, prosecutors say.

Rovinski pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy charges and faces a sentence of between 15 and 22 years.

Siegmann said Wright also wanted to wage other attacks in the US and inflict more than the damage caused by the Boston bombing.



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