Fort Dix Convict Wants Retrial

Convict's lawyer says no direct evidence presented against his client


One of the five men convicted of plotting to kill American soldiers on U.S. soil has asked a judge to overturn the verdict or at least give him a new trial.

Defendant Serdar Tatar gave an FBI informant a map of the Army's Fort Dix in New Jersey.

But in a legal filing Monday, defense attorney Richard Sparaco said that doesn't mean Tatar was part of a plot.

The lawyer says the government failed to produce any direct evidence tying the 25-year-old Philadelphia convenience store manager to a conspiracy.

Sparaco said Tatar produced the map only after the informant had asked for it over the course of several weeks.

The lawyer says there is a "serious danger" that an innocent person has been convicted.

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