- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal magistrate judge has put off ruling on whether a 19-year-old from suburban Chicago accused of trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria should stay behind bars pending trial.

Mohammed Hamzah Khan’s detention hearing Thursday in federal court in Chicago followed his arrest Saturday at O’Hare International Airport as he attempted to board a plane to Turkey.

Judge Susan Cox delayed her ruling to allow more time to consider prosecutors’ motion to close part of the hearing to the public.

Investigators said Khan left a letter for his parents in his bedroom at the family’s Bolingbrook home expressing disgust with Western society.

He’s charged with attempting to provide material support to foreign terrorists.

In a court appearance Monday, Khan told a federal magistrate he understood the allegations.

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