A Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound plane on Christmas is returning to court without his four-member defense team.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab will represent himself when he appears for a pretrial hearing Thursday in Detroit federal court. He'll be accompanied by standby counsel Anthony Chambers, who can give advice.
In September, the 24-year-old suggested he wanted to plead guilty to some charges.
He's charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253, an Amsterdam-to-Detroit plane. Abdulmutallab is accused of trying to set off explosives hidden in his underwear.
He's being held at a federal prison in Milan, Mich.