The Bucks County Courier Times says 28-year-old Joseph Nacke appeared in court in Bucks County on Tuesday -- the 11th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Authorities charged Nacke, who lists addresses in Clementon and Pittman, N.J., in a January 2011 convenience store holdup as well as with credit card theft during several car break-ins. Morrisville District Judge Michael Burns on Tuesday ordered him to stand trial on robbery and terroristic threat charges; prosecutors dropped two firearms counts.
After the hearing, defense attorney John Fioravanti Jr. said his client hadn't committed the robbery and wasn't even present.
Nacke is the eldest son of Louis Nacke, 42, of New Hope, who was one of 40 passengers and crew members killed when Flight 93 crashed. An official investigation concluded the hijackers, who intended to hit a target in Washington D.C., crashed the plane when passengers tried to wrest control of the cockpit.
Nacke's uncle, Frank Alexander, said that Sept. 11 is a tough day for the family, especially Joseph.
"He's a great kid," Alexander told the paper. "He's a father of two boys who miss him dearly."