- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A 20-year-old Topeka man accused of driving a vehicle loaded with what he thought were explosives to Fort Riley won’t attend an upcoming hearing in his case.

John T. Booker Jr. was arrested April 10 near Junction City as part of an FBI operation that included two informants to whom authorities say Booker detailed his plans to join the Islamic State terrorist group and die in a suicide bombing mission at Fort Riley.

Booker has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to damage property by means of an explosive, and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1SQHGny ) court documents show Friday that Booker has waived his right to appear Monday at a case hearing.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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