TAMPA — A federal judge Tuesday granted a request to delay the August trial of a man accused of plotting terrorist attacks in Tampa.
Sami Osmakac, a Pinellas resident, had been scheduled to go to trial next month in U.S. District Court on charges of trying to use weapons of mass destruction and possessing an unregistered machine gun. He is accused of plotting to bomb targets that included a Sheriff's Office operations center in Tampa.
Osmakac hired a private attorney, Ralph Fernandez, earlier this month after a judge allowed him to dismiss his two prior lawyers. Fernandez then filed a motion asking for a trial postponement as he gathers evidence.
A new trial date has not yet been scheduled. Osmakac is being held without bail at the Pinellas County Jail pending trial and faces life in prison if convicted.