CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - "I feel like, if you want my honest opinion, it is because he is a successful African American Muslim and I feel like it is a witch hunt," Linda Woods said, the mother of ISIS suspect, Erick Hendricks.
Woods held nothing back when talking with reporters after her son's detention hearing in uptown Charlotte. She added that being a terrorist is the farthest thing from the truth when describing her son.
"It was a shock to us. He has always been very patriotic; me and him always have conversations about politics," Woods explained.
After a hearing in which his attorney, Andrew Culler, spoke for 35 minutes trying to prove the case against Hendricks was weak; Judge David Cayer ordered that Hendricks would remain in custody and be transferred to Cleveland, Ohio for trial.
While Culler was asked about his thoughts on the hearing and replied simply "no comment," Hendricks's mom and step-son were more than happy to talk about Erick, who broke down a number times in tears during the hearing.
"I will never believe it. They can say what they want to say. I will never believe it; not because I am his mom. I know he has never done anything like that at all," Woods said. "It is all just allegations from criminals that was paid, trying to get a lighter sentence."
Hendricks was a longtime resident of Columbia, SC before moving to Charlotte less than a month ago. As for previous trouble with the law, there is none on record.
As for the upcoming trial, the Federal Government accuses Hendricks of recruiting for ISIS, possession of assault rifles and practicing terrorism.
Mother of Hendricks spoke after and said this is nothing more than a witch hunt. pic.twitter.com/nHfJJqsGEZ— Jeff Taylor FOX46 (@jeffFox46) August 9, 2016