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Five more men ordered to stand trial in foiled plot to kidnap Governor Whitmer

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FILE - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the media after signing the final piece of a $76 billion state budget into law, July 20, 2022, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

A state judge has ordered five men to stand trial on charges involving a foiled plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Michael Null, William Null, Eric Molitor, and Shawn Fix, all of Michigan, are accused of providing material support for terrorist acts as well as a gun crime.

Brian Higgins of Wisconsin Dells, WI, is charged with the providing material support count. Judge Michael Stepka ruled Wednesday that evidence presented in a preliminary hearing justified a trial.

The trial will take place in Antrim County, where Whitmer's Elk Rapids vacation home is located and prosecutors say the abduction was to happen.

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