David Wright, 25, of Massachusetts and Nicholas Rovinski, 24, of Rhode Island will appear for a detention hearing today at 2 p.m. in US District Court in Boston about charges relating to them plotting to help the militant Islamic State by beheading Massachusetts police officers.
Wright and Rovinski were arrested last week and charged with conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic state. Prosecutors say that Wright, Rovinski, and a third man, Usaamah Abdullah Rahim who was shot dead by police officers on June 2nd, were conspiring to conspiring to commit attacks and kill people within the United States as a way to support the Islamic State’s objectives. According to reports, Rahim initially wanted to behead Pamela Geller, the one who organized the Texas event in May that highlighted blasphemous cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, but instead decided he wanted to attack Massachusetts police officers.
Although no attacks took place, this case is among many in the United States and Canada over the last year or so that have had attacks planned that were inspired by the Islamic State.