Feds: Abdullatif Aldosary, Alleged Casa Grande Bomber, Suspected in Murder Prior to Bombing
New Times first reported the murder allegation in May, although neither police nor the County Attorney's Office would verify it.
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Federal prosecutors recently asked that a judge dismiss a couple federal charges against Aldosary for the bombing, after learning that state charges were being filed by the Pinal County Attorney's Office.
"On July 11, 2013, the United States Attorney's Office learned that the defendant had been indicted in Pinal County on July 10, 2013, for Arson of an Occupied Structure and related charges," the motion says. "The United States Attorney's Office is also aware that the defendant is the primary suspect in a homicide which occurred in Pinal County."
A judge granted the motion to dismiss two of the five federal charges against Aldosary.
Word of Aldosary's alleged involvement in a murder came from a source with knowledge of the murder who filled us in on the condition of anonymity.
Orlando Requena, 26, was working the overnight shift at Arizona Grain in Maricopa on November 27 when a man in a ski mask approached him about 2:30 a.m. and shot him dead.
No arrest was made. A week later, authorities raided the Coolidge home of Aldosary and arrested him for allegedly detonating an explosive device outside the Casa Grande Social Security Administration office a few days earlier, on November 30. No one was injured in the explosion, but debris landed more than 100 feet away from the spot of the detonation, and Aldosary even lit his own car on fire in the blast and drove off with his car ablaze, according to the federal complaint.
There was never any indication that the two events were related until we got word from the source. The Pinal County Attorney's Office didn't confirm or deny the claim, but said, "The Pinal County Attorney's Office remains in contact with Mr. Requena's family and is making certain they know our intentions to obtain justice for their family."
The source told us that Aldosary had a temporary job at Arizona Grain prior to the shooting.
The murder allegation certainly made the case seem more bizarre, but it did nothing to add to allegations of terrorism.
Although the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force investigated the bombing of a federal building, there has been no indication from the feds that this was an act of terrorism.
However, Republican Congressman Paul Gosar has referred to Aldosary as a "known terrorist," and was asking federal officials why a "known terrorist" was allowed to live in his district -- all this despite the fact that Gosar's staff attempted to help Aldosary obtain a green card the year prior.