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PHOENIX (AP) – An Arizona man charged with planning an attack on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas has testified about his rift with one of the men who later died in a police shootout outside the controversial event.

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Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem told jurors Tuesday at his trial that he evicted Elton Simpson from his home because he believed Simpson put a recording device in his car.

He also says he disapproved of Simpson using Kareem’s laptop to view al-Qaida promotional materials.

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Still, Kareem says he and Simpson eventually reconciled.

Kareem also denied an allegation that he asked another one-time roommate if he knew how to make a pipe bomb.

Prosecutors allege Kareem wanted to blow up the Arizona stadium where the 2015 Super Bowl was held.

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