- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) - Lawyers of an Alabama teenager accused of assisting a terrorist act want a $1 million bond reduced for the release of their client.

Al.com (https://bit.ly/2aNinBF) report that court documents state lawyers for 19-year-old Payton Jack Pruitt entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental defect. Pruitt’s lawyers are arguing their client was not capable of understanding his actions, saying a mental evaluation shows he should have his bond reduced.

Pruitt was arrested and charged with soliciting support for a terrorist act.

Court documents on July 29 show that Pruitt’s lawyers say a psychological evaluation of their client in May stated he has a “mental defect.”

Pruitt’s attorney, James Gallini, says he is waiting for a response from St. Clair County District Attorney Richard Minor, who had no comment.


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