Top row from left: Adam Fox, Daniel Harris, Kaleb Franks, Ty Garbin and Eric Molitor.
Second row from left: Pete Musico, Joseph Morrison, Brandon Caserta, William Null and Michael Null
Third row from left: Shawn Fix, Paul Bellar and Barry Croft
All face charges related to what the FBI says was a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Federal prosecutors on Tuesday revealed new and sometimes shocking details of the case they have built against six men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Defense attorneys began their efforts to shoot holes in the government’s story, suggesting through questions they directed at an FBI agent that some of the plotting was just talk and that there was no specific kidnapping plan, just a range of ideas being tossed around.

Five of the six defendants sat with chains around their waists and wrists, sometimes nodding to family members or friends in the courtroom in the Grand Rapids federal building, as assistant U.S. Attorney Nils Kessler showed photos and videos and drew testimony from an FBI special agent.

Court sketch artist Jerry Lemenu shows what it looks like inside the Gerald R. Ford Federal Building and U.S. Court House in Grand Rapids Tuesday Oct. 13, 2020 where five defendants in the Governor Whitmer kidnapping case will find out if they will be released on bond or remain jailed pending the outcome of their cases. They are charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping. If convicted, they could get life in prison.

The sixth federal defendant is still in Delaware, where he was arrested. All six are charged with conspiracy to kidnap and have been held in custody since their Oct. 7 arrests.

Seven other defendants face state charges brought by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, including supporting terrorism, gang membership, and possessing a firearm in commission of a felony.

Among the details to emerge Tuesday in testimony from FBI Special Agent Richard Trask, who counts domestic terrorism among this areas of specialty:



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