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Aug 20, 2014 9:21 AM by Associated Press

California terror suspect undergoing mental tests

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California man accused of trying to travel overseas to join an Islamic terrorist group to fight in Syria and Iraq is undergoing continued mental testing as prosecutors and his defense lawyers seek a resolution to his case.

The Sacramento Bee reports 20-year-old Nicholas Michael Teausant appeared briefly Tuesday in federal court, where prosecutors said the case involved classified information.

Teausant has pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges. His lawyers said in court filings that he is "a lonely, mentally ill young man" incapable of providing support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Prosecutors say the community college student talked to an informant and an undercover FBI agent about joining a terrorist group.

He was ordered to return to court in October after undergoing additional mental testing.

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