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4th day of deliberations starts in Gov. Whitmer kidnap plot

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Kidnapping Plot
Posted at 10:33 AM, Apr 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-07 10:33:33-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Jurors in Michigan are back for a fourth day of deliberations in the trial of four men accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Federal Judge Robert Jonker gave jurors a quick pep talk Thursday and wished them “all the very best” in their work.

Adam Fox, Barry Croft Jr., Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta are charged with conspiracy.

Croft is from Delaware while the others are from Michigan.

Defense lawyers argue that the group was manipulated by an informant who was taking direction from the FBI.

Prosecutors say the group was steeped in anti-government extremism and angry over the Democratic governor's COVID-19 restrictions.