Trump's Shift on New York Attacker and Guantanamo Riles Graham

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Prosecutors said Saipov considered displaying ISIS flags on the truck during the attack, but decided it would attract too much attention.

The official, who was not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity, said Saipov was lucid after surgery for wounds suffered when he was shot by police outside his rented Home Depot pickup truck.

President Donald Trump again tweeted in support of the death sentence for 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the Halloween terror attack that killed eight in Manhattan, but backed off sending Saipov to Guantanamo Bay.

"To associate Uzbekistan with terrorism is not the way to see the country, because it really represents a tiny fraction of what's going on there", Russell Zanca, a professor of anthropology at Northeastern Illinois University, told NBC. In addition, he called the attacker an 'animal' that should be locked up in Guantanamo.

It could be used to make an argument that a judge should not allow the death penalty as a sentencing option, Acker said, adding that "the likelihood of that succeeding is very small".

Uzbeks have been involved in other terrorist acts, but most of the perpetrators appear to have been radicalized after they left the region, according to professors who study Central Asia. Officials said they were not anticipating any further violence in connection to the bloody incident.

Former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy also weighed-in on Trump's favorite social media site, saying he didn't disagree that Saipov deserves the get the ultimate penalty. The death penalty is widely rejected by rights-respecting governments around the world.

After exiting, he shouts "Allahu akbar", which in Arabic means "God is great", according to the criminal complaint. Defense attorneys could well seize on the president's comments to either try to avoid capital punishment for their client or have the case moved to a different jurisdiction because of pretrial publicity.

Although sanitized versions of these execution can be found on news sites, the full footage showing the killings is not readily available on the open web.

While some praised Saipov's actions - calling him a 'brother' - others mocked the low death toll and said they 'would have picked a bigger street'. In fact, as Brennan Center for Justice researchers reported earlier this year, there's no set of reliable indicators that will tell authorities who is more likely to become a terrorist.

A marriage license filed in Summit County, Ohio, shows Saipov married a woman named Nozima Odilova on April 12, 2013.

He "basically was the peacemaker", Batista said. Miller says he Saipov was "following ISIS instructions" to "yell it out" and spread the terrorist agenda.

Asked by reporters whether he thought Saipov should be executed if convicted, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he categorically opposes the death penalty. But so far, Trump has treated terror suspects just as President Barack Obama did, passing on Guantanamo in favor of having his own Justice Department lawyers try them in federal court.

He said he heard from friends of Saipov that his truck engine blew a few months ago. "It will endure", referring to ISIS. In 2014, an ISIS spokesman called for attacks using improvised weapons such as knives, rocks, poison and cars.

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