The trial of former USF student Youssef Megahed has moved to a federal jury after two weeks in courts in Tampa. After three hours of deliberations Tuesday there was still no verdict.

Megahed, 23, is accused of illegally transportating explosives on Aug. 4, 2007, and  denying knowledge of pipe bombs found in the trunk of a car that was pulled over for speeding in Charleston, S.C.

Driving the car was former USF student Ahmed Mohamed, 26, who pleaded guilty in December to providing support to terrorists.

Prosecutors said the materials found are illegal to carry across state lines and could be used to build incendiary bombs. Megahed’s attorneys said the materials were for fireworks or model rockets.

Jurors requested a list of the exhibits from U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday, who obliged.

Mohamed was sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison. If Megahed is convicted, he could face 20 years in federal prison.

Deliberations will continue today at 9 a.m.

Staff Report