WICHITA, Kan. – The Latest on the trial of three militia members accused of plotting to bomb Kansas mosque and complex (all times are local):
A federal prosecutor says three militia members accused of plotting to bomb a complex of dwellings and Somali immigrants were attempting to murder as many Muslims as possible.
In her opening statement Thursday on their process of Amy Berkower told judges that they described the Somalis as “cockroaches” and wanted out of bombs that would kill in the meatpacking town of Garden City, Kansas, about 220 miles (350 kilometers) west of Wichita.
Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright, and Curtis All have pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction.
Their lawyers will make opening statements later on Thursday.
A jury has been chosen for the trial of three militia members accused of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment building housing Somali immigrants in Kansas.
Opening statements are expected to begin later Thursday in the trial of Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen. All three have pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction.
Prosecutors say that a militia member tipped off federal authorities after he alarmed by escalating talk of violence.
Defense attorneys say the case is “unique political” because many of the expected proof is in reaction to the 2016 presidential election. They argue that the case will require jurors to weigh evidence with regard to the question of whether the alleged conduct of criminal activity or constitutionally protected speech and assembly.