RALEIGH, N.C. — The wife of Daniel P. Boyd, one of seven men charged by federal authorities with supporting violent jihadist movements overseas, said in interviews released Wednesday that he and two of their sons, who were also charged, are innocent of the government’s accusations.
She was also sharply critical of how federal agents treated her on Monday during the arrests.
Mr. Boyd has been described as the ringleader of the men arrested on Monday. An eighth man is still at large.
A federal law enforcement official in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the pending prosecution, confirmed that the eighth man is Jude Kenan Mohammad, a 20-year-old American citizen from Raleigh. Mr. Mohammad is thought to be in Pakistan.
Also on Wednesday, a judge postponed detention hearings for the seven men until Aug. 4 to give defense lawyers more time to prepare. The hearings had been scheduled for Thursday.
The public defender’s office is representing Mr. Boyd; the others will have court-appointed lawyers.
In interviews with The Raleigh News and Observer and CNN, Mr. Boyd’s wife, Sabrina Boyd, rebutted several specific accusations, including that Mr. Boyd and his sons went to Israel to connect with Palestinian militants. Ms. Boyd said they were on a pilgrimage to see Islamic holy sites and immerse themselves in Arabic culture.
A neighbor, Susan Bedwell, said the reasons Ms. Boyd gave for her husband’s trips abroad were the same reasons she had given when the trips took place.
Ms. Boyd described Monday’s raid in detail. She said a man had come to the door wearing a shirt that appeared bloodied and told her that her husband and three of her sons had been in a serious car crash.
She went with the man to a nearby hospital, where another man dressed as a doctor came and out and asked if she was Ms. Boyd. He then handcuffed her, she said, and told her that he was an agent and that Mr. Boyd and two of her sons were being detained. Agents surrounded her, she said, and asked if she had weapons.
The ordeal was particularly harrowing, she said, because one of her sons, Luqman, died two years ago in a car accident at the age of 16.
Spokeswomen for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Attorney’s Office in North Carolina’s Eastern District declined to comment on Ms. Boyd’s version of events.