The judge in the U.S. trial of convicted terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui has canceled her order summoning would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid to testify in the death penalty part of the case.
Judge Leonie Brinkema Friday vacated her order without explanation. Reid was expected to testify that he and Moussaoui were going to hijack a fifth plane on September 11 and fly it into the White House.
Reid is serving a life sentence in the U.S. for attempting to blow up an airliner in 2001.
Judge Brinkema said Thursday that jurors could begin deliberating Moussaoui's fate as early as next week. Moussaoui has pleaded guilty to conspiracy. The jury has found him eligible for the death penalty, and now must decide whether Moussaoui will be put to death or spend the rest of his life in prison.
Defense attorneys have said their client is mentally ill and had a limited role in the attacks of September 11, 2001. The attorneys said executing Moussaoui would fulfill his dream of becoming a martyr. Moussaoui has denied the assertion that he is mentally ill.
Moussaoui pleaded guilty to six conspiracy counts last year. He is the only person in the U.S. to be brought to justice in connection with the September 11 attacks.