Report: Suspect’s plan included executions, burning Capitol

Michigan

A photo from the prosecution’s exhibit in the Gov. Whitmer kidnapping plot case. (Oct. 16, 2020)

JACKSON, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — A Michigan newspaper reports the accused ringleader of the plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer planned to storm the Michigan State Capitol and televise the execution of those he considered to be tyrants.

The Detroit Free Press reports Adam Fox discussed two options for the plot.

An Oct. 7, 2020, booking photo of Adam Fox from the Kent County jail.

The “Plan A” consisted of recruiting 200 men and storming the Capitol building while the Legislature was in session. They were going to execute people inside. In a week, no one would be left alive, the newspaper reported.

The second plan was for men to storm the Capitol building while state lawmakers were in session. They would lock the doors and then set the building on fire, the Free Press reported.

The newspaper’s report cites a brief filed by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office ahead of bond hearing for co-defendant Pete Musico. Judge Michael Klaeren reduced his bond to $100,000 on Oct. 23.

A mug shot of Pete Musico from Jackson County.

Friday, Klaeren also greatly reduced the bond to $150,000 for Joseph Morrison, a man accused of allowing his property to be used by an anti-government group plotting to kidnap Whitmer.

Morrison was described as the commander of the Wolverine Watchmen, has been in custody in Jackson County for more than five weeks on a $10 million bond.

A mug shot of Joseph Morrison from Jackson County.

The judge said the bond was too high. He reduced it and set other other conditions if Morrison is released, including a GPS tether to be worn to track his movements.

Authorities allege members of anti-government paramilitary groups took part in plotting the kidnapping of Whitmer, a Democrat, before the election. Six men are charged in federal court. Morrison is among eight others who are charged in state court and believed to be members or associates of the Watchmen.

Assistant Attorney General Sunita Doddamani said Morrison was culpable even if he didn’t “eat, sleep and breathe” the alleged scheme to abduct Whitmer.

“He provided training. He provided land. … He provided material support,” said Doddamani.

But defense attorney George Lyons said Morrison wasn’t committed to violence and had stopped associating with the group charged in federal court.

Musico and Morrison were living together when they were arrested. Bond for a third man, Paul Bellar, was reduced Friday to $75,000 from $500,000.

Investigators said Whitmer was targeted because of her tough measures to control the spread of the coronavirus. A stay-home order was in place for weeks, and businesses were greatly limited.

The Detroit Free Press contributed to this report.

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