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4 in Governor Whitmer kidnapping trial to decide whether to testify

FILE - This combination of photos    provided by the Kent County Sheriff and the Delaware Department of fairness shows the top row of left, Brandon Caserta and Barry Croft;  and bottom row left, Adam Dean Fox and Daniel Harris.  Four members of anti-government groups facing trial in March 2022 on federal charges charging them in plot to kidnap Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020. Jury selection begins    Tuesday 8 March 2022 in trial presiding judge in the courthouse of the U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids, Michigan said he could take over month.  (Kent County Sheriff, Delaware Department of Justice via AP file)

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FILE – This combination of photos provided by the Kent County Sheriff and the Delaware Department of fairness shows the top row of left, Brandon Caserta and Barry Croft; and bottom row left, Adam Dean Fox and Daniel Harris. Four members of anti-government groups facing trial in March 2022 on federal charges charging them in plot to kidnap Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020. Jury selection begins Tuesday 8 March 2022 in trial presiding judge in the courthouse of the U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids, Michigan said he could take over month. (Kent County Sheriff, Delaware Department of Justice via AP file)

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FILE – This combination of photos provided by the Kent County Sheriff and the Delaware Department of fairness shows the top row of left, Brandon Caserta and Barry Croft; and bottom row left, Adam Dean Fox and Daniel Harris. Four members of anti-government groups facing trial in March 2022 on federal charges charging them in plot to kidnap Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020. Jury selection begins Tuesday 8 March 2022 in trial presiding judge in the courthouse of the U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids, Michigan said he could take over month. (Kent County Sheriff, Delaware Department of Justice via AP file)

Four men charged with plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer must decide whether they will testify in them defense like a test moves to finish line.

“It’s time to fish or cut the bait,” U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker said Wednesday after prosecutors closed their side of their business on day 13.

Daniel Harris is likely to become first express your intentions when court resumes on thursday in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His lawyer, Julia Kelly, was first defense advocate call any witnesses.

Harris, Adam Fox, Barry Croft Jr. and Brandon Caserta accused of plotting to kidnap Whitmer during her vacation home in northern Michigan in fall 2020 because of their disgust with government and severe COVID-19 restrictions.

Prosecutors presented evidence social media posts and messages apps and audio and video recordings secretly recorded by FBI agents and informants.

In addition, two men who we in in group, Ty Garbin and Caleb Franks pleaded guilty and were important witnesses. for in government.

Defense lawyers argue that men were engaged in many of crazy conversations fueled by agents and informants but no conspiracy.

That first defense witness, Colleen Kuster of Baraboo, Wisconsin, said she was invited by an acquaintance to “family A funny day” in Cumbria, Wisconsin in July 2020. Cumbria was a training ground for in group and other self-proclaimed militias, according to testimonies.

Küster said that she found nothing sinister just swimming, target shooting and sausages.

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Roth played back the secretly recorded sound of men talking about making bombs.

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“Did you hear it in Cumbria?” he asked.

“Absolutely not,” Kuster replied.

at least five others defense the witnesses bowed out saying that they would defend their right to remain is silent when called to testify. Among them was informant Steve Robson. of Oxford, Wisconsin who switched sides during the investigation and reported off Croft that FBI wanted to arrest him, according to government.

Other who invoked the Fifth Amendment, participated in teaching, and discussion of the plot, but were not charged.

Croft’s longtime companion, the Knight of Chastity. of Bear, Delaware, was among final witnesses called prosecutors.

“He was anti-government,” Knight of Bear, Delaware, said of Croft. “He just thought the government for to him. That government not help in people out. They are like to line their own pockets.”

That men were arrested in October 2020 in the midst of talk of get explosives that can blow up up bridge and keep back police from responding to a kidnapping at Whitmer’s home second homeaccording to court testimony.

Garbin said, group acted voluntarily and hoped to strike before the election, cause national chaos and prevent Joe Biden from becoming president.

Whitmer, a Democrat, rarely speaks publicly about the kidnapping plot, although she did mention “surprises” during her speech. term it seemed like “something out of fiction” when she filed for re-election on March 17.

She blamed former President Donald Trump for inciting anger over coronavirus restrictions and refusal to condemn right-wing extremists like accused in a business. Whitmer says Trump was an accomplice in riot at the Capitol on January 6th.

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Find hotspots full coverage of Whitmer kidnapping trial: https://apnews.com/hub/whitmer-kidnap-plot-trial

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White reported from Detroit.

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