The attorney who represented Theodore Kaczynski, more generally known as the “Unabomber,” will be directing the defense of the man who is accused of engineering the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Gary Sowards, 69, has taken over Khalid Shaikh Mohammed’s defense from David Nevin, 70, who has led Mohammed’s defense since 2008, according to the New York Times. The trial is set to start on Jan. 11, 2021, taking place in the 20th anniversary year of the attacks.
Nevin stated Mohammed did not request for his lead counsel to change, but since he is based in Idaho, it is hard to direct the legal team.
Mohammed, 54, along with four other men, is indicted of directing, training, or helping with travel and finances for the 19 terrorists who hijacked, then flew planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. A fourth passenger plane was headed for Washington, D.C., but crashed in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
With almost 3,000 people killed in the attacks, all five defendants are facing the death penalty.
From 1978 to 1996, Kaczynski, 77, mailed or dropped off homemade bombs to apparently random targets. During his attacks, three Americans were killed and 24 were wounded. The FBI hunted Kaczynski down and arrested him at a remote cabin in Montana. Since pleading guilty in 1998, he has been in a solitary cell at a supermax prison in Colorado.