In this Nov. 27, 2010 file photo provided by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is Mohamed Mohamud. For more than two years, the only image the public has had of the man accused of plotting to detonate an 1,800-pound bomb at a Portland Christmas tree-lighting ceremony is this: A sullen-faced, sunken-eyed terrorism suspect in a mug shot taken just hours after his arrest. At the trial that begins Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, Mohamud's attorneys will attempt to present a different image, one of an impressionable teenager lured by undercover agents with the FBI, which snared one of its youngest terrorism suspects with his arrest in November 2010.
In November of 2010, a young Somali American man named Mohamed Mohamud was arrested in Portland, Oregon. He was charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction after allegedly trying to set off what he believed to be a bomb at a popular tree-lighting ceremony in Pioneer Square.
However, the bomb was a fake, given to him by undercover FBI agents. Now a federal trial is underway to determine his guilt.
We speak to April Baer of Oregon Public Broadcasting, who has been covering this story.