Jury picked in 'underwear bomb' case

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is accused of trying to bring down an airliner using explosives hidden in his clothes.

Story highlights

  • The jury is made up of six women and three men
  • It took more than two days to pick the jurors
  • AbdulMutallab is accused of trying to detonate an underwear bomb on a plane in 2009
A jury has been selected in the trial of accused underwear bomber Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab.
The jury consists of nine women -- six white, two black and one Southeast Asian -- and three white men. The selection process took more than two days.
AbdulMutallab has said he will represent himself in the trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, expected to begin Tuesday.
He has been indicted on charges that include attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism and possession of a firearm or destructive device in furtherance of an act of violence.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
He was a passenger on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 en route from the Netherlands to Detroit on Christmas Day 2009.
According to an indictment, he went to the lavatory shortly before the plane was to land. When he returned to his seat, he said his stomach was upset and pulled a blanket over himself.
Prosecutors allege he then tried to ignite an explosive that was hidden in his underwear.
Passengers and flight crew members subdued him. U.S. officials say the terror group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was behind the alleged bombing attempt.