Tampa, Florida - The trial for the Pinellas County man accused of masterminding an elaborate plan to blow up bridges and set off car bombs in Tampa is being delayed over questions about whether he's competent to stand trial.
Investigators arrested Sami Osmakac back in 2012. They say he tried to buy machine guns, high capacity magazines, grenades, and an explosive belt from an undercover agent.
Before Osmakac even showed up on the FBI's radar, Tampa Bay's Muslim community had already waved a red flag about him. Two years sooner, they alerted the government on why they'd kicked him out of two mosques. They want everyone to know his behavior doesn't represent them.
Ahmed Bedier, a Muslim community activist, describes Osmakac's behavior this way, "Radical views, disruptive behavior, intimidating other worshippers, you know, getting into arguments with people."
Investigators say Osmakac went too far, though, when he allegedly created a plot as payback for wrongs done to Muslims. They say he wanted to target spots in south Tampa near Howard and Swann Avenues. He pointed to an Irish bar, but according to the affidavit he couldn't remember the exact name of it.
Disturbing video surfaced after his arrest that shows him head butting a man after a religious argument escalated outside the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Now Clearwater defense attorney George Tragos says there are serious questions about Osmakac's mental health. He is representing Osmakac. There are so many questions that the federal trial that was set for Oct. 21st is a no-go so Osmakac can see a psychiatrist first.
Tragos says, "Is he the type of person who has the type of mental attitude that he's easily influenced? Which is very important in our defense, which is an entrapment defense."
He adds, "A psychologist and a psychiatrist should examine someone when you have those concerns because you're duty bound to only go to trial when someone is competent and understands what's going on in that courtroom and has the ability to help his defense."
Tragos says a psychologist has already examined Osmakac, but they want a psychiatrist to see him now. A trial later this month would not have given the psychiatrist enough time to evaluate Osmakac and allow the government time to review the findings.
The trial is now expected to start early next year. If Osmakac is convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.