Colleen LaRose, an American woman who authorities say called herself "Jihad Jane" pleaded not guilty this morning to charges she conspired to support terrorists and kill a person in a foreign country.
LaRose, in a green jail jumpsuit, pleaded not guilty to all four charges she was facing. A trial date was set for May 3. With her hair pulled straight back in several rows of braids and tied into ponytail, LaRose smiled and nodded to her lawyers during the quick court hearing.
The Justice Department said Colleen LaRose and five co-conspirators recruited men on the Internet "to wage violent jihad in south Asia and Europe."
If convicted, LaRose would face a possible life sentence in prison and a $1 million fine.
Last year, LaRose agreed to kill a resident of Sweden, according to the indictment against her. A U.S. government official familiar with the case identified the target as Lars Vilks, a cartoonist who outraged some by drawing the Muslim prophet Mohammed with the body of a dog in 2007.
That cartoon prompted al Qaeda to offer a reward to anyone who killed Vilks.
Authorities have not identified LaRose's five alleged co-conspirators, but police in Ireland arrested seven people last week, which the U.S. official said was directly related to the plot involving LaRose. Two of those have since been charged.