- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man charged with trying to aid terrorists has developmental disabilities and an IQ in the 50s, his lawyer wrote in a court filing this week.

A defense lawyer asked a judge to order a mental evaluation on Peyton Pruitt, 18, of St. Clair County to see if he is capable of aiding with his defense. The lawyer also entered a not guilty plea for reason of mental defect.

Lawyer Gibson Holladay wrote in the evaluation request that Pruitt had suffered from severe developmental disabilities since birth and that caused him to have poor reasoning, memory and communication skills.

“Defendant has been previously tested and his diagnosis has been, ‘mental retardation, intellectual disability, pervasive developmental disorder and attention deficit disorder.’ Peyton has previously been tested to have an IQ of score of 52 and 58,” Holladay wrote.

Pruitt was arrested earlier this month and charged with attempting to solicit or provide resources for terrorism. A judge set his bail at $1 million.

Authorities have provided few details about the charge, citing the ongoing investigation.

Court records indicate the resources Pruitt attempted to provide to terrorism were valued at $1,000 or less. The alleged offense took place sometime between Feb. 2 and Nov. 12, according to court records.

Efforts were unsuccessful Wednesday to reach Holladay or St. Clair County District Attorney Richard Minor for comment.

Holladay also asked a judge to dismiss the case.

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