Warwick man pleads not guilty to terror-related charges

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BOSTON (AP/WPRI) — A Rhode Island man has pleaded not guilty to conspiring to support an Islamic State terror group.

Nicholas Rovinski of Warwick and David Wright of Everett, Massachusetts appeared in court Friday for a detention hearing. Both men pleaded not guilty and were ordered held without bail.

Families exited the court following the hearing and did not say anything to reporters. “I’m not speaking, I have no comment,” one woman said.

Federal authorities Thursday announced the indictments of Rovinski and Wright — who were charged last week with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. Authorities say they plotted with Boston terror suspect Usaamah Rahim to behead blogger Pamela Geller, who wasn’t harmed.

Wright is also charged with obstructing and conspiring to obstruct justice — officials say he told Rahim to destroy his cellphone and completely wipe his computer.

Rovinski is a graduate of Pilgrim High School in Warwick. Authorities staked out his home on Aspinet Drive for days before the FBI arrested him.

Rahim was killed June 2 by investigators who say Rahim lunged at them with a military-style knife.

Rovinski and Wright are due back in court July 29 for a status conference.

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