OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge is delaying a trial for a young Mississippi couple accused of attempting to join the Islamic State.
On Friday, U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock pushed the trial back to June 9. It had been scheduled for Jan. 19.
A lawyer for defendant Jaelyn Delshaun Young of Vicksburg sought the delay. In a Wednesday motion, Dennis Sweet IV wrote that more time is needed so Young can undergo psychiatric evaluations for the defense and prosecutors.
Prosecutors didn’t object.
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Young and Muhammad Dakhlalla of Starkville pleaded not guilty to charges of aiding terrorists. They were arrested Aug. 8 before boarding a flight with tickets for Istanbul. Authorities say they contacted undercover federal agents in May, seeking online help in traveling to Syria. Both are jailed in Oxford pending trial.