The attorney for Elton Simpson, one of the two gunmen killed after opening fire on an American Freedom Defense Initiative event Sunday, told CNN Tuesday morning she had detected no previous signs that he had been attracted to jihad, despite defending him against charges by the U.S. government for attempting to join the terror group al-Shabbab.
Kristina Sitton called the charges “completely bogus,” and said “nothing that I ever saw and nothing that he ever exhibited to me” suggested he was a terror threat.
“I don’t know what is going on now, but in my view he was completely innocent of all the charges,” Sitton said.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo questioned her about Simpson’s previous statements about joining an Islamic extremist group, which she said were long ago (and before she began representing him). “It sounded like a lot of talk, especially compared with his demeanor when I met with him,” she said.
“I don’t believe I missed anything,” she said. “Perhaps he might have just snapped when he heard about the cartoon contest. It certainly was a completely provocative event, one I would see many people who were devout about their religion being upset about.”
Watch the clip below, via CNN:
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