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Judge sets dates for arguments on motions in Whitmer kidnapping case

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Michigan Radio

A judge will hear arguments this fall over whether to quash the decision to bind three men over for trial on state charges that they planned to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Pete Musico, Paul Bellar and Joseph Morrison are charged with gang membership, providing material support for terrorist acts and felony firearms.  

They were allegedly connected to a group planning to kidnap the governor and storm the state capitol building in Lansing.

The three were bound over for trial in March, but their defense attorneys are asking another judge to quash that decision.

Friday, Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wilson scheduled arguments in November on the defense motion. He’s also scheduled a hearing on defense motions accusing investigators of engaging in entrapment.

Five other men are also facing state charges, and there are five defendants charged federally who are currently scheduled to go on trial in October.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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