2010 indictment against Muhammad cartoon gunman Elton Simpson

Elton Simpson, one of two gun­men killed when they opened fire out­side a con­tro­ver­sial Muhammad car­toon event in Gar­land, Texas on Sunday, was pro­sec­uted in 2010 in fed­er­al court in Phoenix for mak­ing false state­ments to FBI agents about go­ing to Somalia to en­gage in ji­had. He was found guilty of mak­ing the false state­ments, but the judge ruled that there was in­suf­fi­cient evid­ence to con­clude that the crime was dir­ectly in­volved to “in­ter­na­tion­al ter­ror­ism.”