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Evidence laid out against 5 men charged in Michigan governor kidnapping plot

Posted at 12:51 PM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 12:51:46-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Five men accused in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appeared in federal court Tuesday for a hearing on whether they should be detained before trial.

Adam Fox, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta — all Michigan residents — appeared before a judge.

Several pieces of evidence were laid out including the group's visit to the governor's vacation home to provide surveillance and try to plan out a plan to kidnap here.

Evidence revealed the group traveled and took pictures of the home, planned out how to block the bridge from law enforcement, and how long it would take cops to get to the home to respond to an emergency.

FBI officials say the group talked through a few different encrypted messaging services.

One of the suspects, Adam Fox, has ties to West Michigan and was found to be living in the basement of a Grand Rapids area business where investigators say he was planning out the attack which they were planning to do ahead of the election in November.

The FBI made arrests after using confidential sources, undercover agents and clandestine recordings to foil the alleged conspiracy.

A sixth man, Barry Croft, is being held in Delaware.

The suspects face up to life in prison if convicted.