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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 07:42 PM

Ohio bridge bomb plot suspect wants separate trial

Source: Reuters

Ohio bridge bomb plot suspect wants separate trial

By Kim Palmer
CLEVELAND | Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:34pm EDT

(Reuters) - One of the five suspects accused of trying to blow up a highway bridge in Ohio has requested a separate trial, saying he wants to challenge his co-defendants' assertion that he was the instigator of the plot.

The defense motion filed on Monday said Douglas Wright's co-defendants told authorities after their arrest that Wright recruited them to participate in the plot, and he needs a separate trial to properly cross-examine them.

Wright and his co-defendants, Brandon Baxter, Anthony Hayne, Connor Stevens and Joshua Stafford, have all pleaded not guilty to three charges, including the use of weapons of mass destruction, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The men, who federal officials have said had no ties to foreign militant groups, were accused of paying an undercover FBI agent $900 for what they thought were explosives.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/19/us-usa-security-cleveland-idUSBRE85I1HK20120619

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