Lawyer: Student wrote rap lyrics not terror threat

October 22, 2011 - 12:25 PM
Student Threat Charges

In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, Olutosin Oduwole, 26, walks outside of the Madison County Criminal Justice Center in Edwardsville, Ill., during a break in his trial. Opening statements begin Wednesday, Oct. 19 for the former Southern Illinois University Edwardsville student who is charged with a felony count of attempting to make a terrorist threat. Prosecutors contend Oduwole wrote a note threatening a

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A lawyer for a former Southern Illinois University student who's accused of penning a note threatening a Virginia Tech-like attack told jurors the writing was merely innocent lyrics by an aspiring rapper.

Attorney Justin Kuehn made that pitch during opening statements Wednesday in the Madison County case involving 26-year-old Olutosin Oduwole (oh-loo-TOH'-sihn oh-DOO'-wawl-ee).

Prosecutor Jim Buckley contends that what Kuehn called merely a piece of scratch paper was found when Oduwole was attending SIU in Edwardsville and was allegedly awaiting four semiautomatic weapons he'd ordered.

Oduwole is charged with a felony count of attempting to make a terrorist threat and a weapons count linked to a loaded handgun officers found in his on-campus apartment.

He's pleaded not guilty and is free on bond.