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Whitmer kidnap plot: Possible citizen's arrest mentioned in March, prosecutor says

By Darcie Moran and Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press on

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DETROIT — A man accused in the plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had a fight with the alleged ringleader, was against the violent plan and was out of the loop in the months before his arrest, his lawyer says.

The public defender for Pete Musico, 42, of Munith, spelled out during a bond hearing Friday in Jackson County a timeline of accusations which he says works in his client's favor.

Musico is one of 14 men charged in the plot, which prosecutors say took on various iterations with multiple targets and was meant to instigate a civil war.

Six men face federal kidnapping charges, but Musico is one of eight men charged at the state level. He faces counts of the threat of terrorism, gang membership, providing material support for a terrorist act, and carrying a firearm during the commission of a felony.

The events listed below were the prosecutor's timeline presented in chronological order, Kareem Johnson, Musico's attorney, told the court Friday. It's what will be further argued about at a future preliminary examination.

Johnson accused prosecutors from the Michigan Attorney General's office of presenting the dates of alleged statements from Musico out of order in a court response to incorrectly show criminal intent.


Assistant Attorney General Gregory Townsend did not address every date mentioned at the court appearance and both Johnson and officials declined to comment further outside of court.

The timeline presented Friday:

November 2019: The Wolverine Watchmen group is formed.

Musico was a founder of the group, said Townsend.


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