Spring Trial Date Set For 3 Men In Somali Bomb Plot Case

Nov 30, 2016

A trial date has been set for the three Kansas men accused of plotting to bomb Muslim immigrants in Garden City.

A jury trial is scheduled for April 25 at the federal courthouse in Wichita. Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen were arrested in October for conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.

The three defendants, none of whom live in Garden City, were allegedly planning to bomb an apartment complex there that’s home to more than 100 Muslim immigrants from Somalia. They have all pleaded not guilty.

At the time of the arrest, U.S. Attorney for Kansas Tom Beall said the men belonged to an anti-immgrant, anti-Muslim militia group called The Crusaders.

“They considered a variety of possible targets including churches and public officials who’d expressed support for Somalis as well as landlords who rented to Somalis,” Beall said at a news conference.

A court date had originally been set for Dec. 20. All three defendants will remain in custody throughout the trial.

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