Domestic Terrorism

A federal judge has refused to release pending trial a Kansas man accused of plotting to bomb a mosque and an apartment complex housing Somali refugees.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren ruled Friday that Gavin Wright is a flight risk and a danger to the community.

Wright and co-defendants Patrick Stein and Curtis Allen are charged with conspiring to detonate truck bombs at an apartment complex in the meatpacking town of Garden City in western Kansas. Wright also faces a separate count for allegedly lying to investigators.

They've pleaded not guilty.

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Three men accused of conspiring to bomb a Kansas mosque and an apartment complex housing Somali refugees also allegedly discussed killing the refugees' white landlord because he rented to Muslims, a move prosecutors say was meant to ensure the attack fully conveyed their anti-Muslim message.

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office

Federal prosecutors are appealing a judge's decision to throw out a firearms charge against a man accused of plotting to attack Somali immigrants in a meatpacking town in western Kansas.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren in August dismissed a firearms charge against Curtis Allen along with evidence upon which that charge is based.

The government appealed that ruling Tuesday. Prosecutors contend that the evidence is substantial proof of a material fact in the case.

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On Sunday, the Wichita Police Department arrested a 28-year-old man involved in what they call a terroristic threat.

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office

A judge has delayed until next year the trial of three Kansas men accused of plotting to attack Somali immigrants in the meatpacking town of Garden City.

The trial for Curtis Wayne Allen, Patrick Eugene Stein and Gavin Wayne Wright had been scheduled to begin June 13. But U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren granted on Friday the men's request for a continuance and set the trial to begin Feb. 20. Trial is expected to last four weeks.

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office

A federal judge has delayed until summer the trial against three men accused of plotting to bomb an apartment complex and mosque used by Somali immigrants in western Kansas.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren on Tuesday scheduled the trial for June 13. It had previously been set to start April 25.

Prosecutors allege Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen plotted to detonate truck bombs at an apartment complex where 120 Somali immigrants live in the meatpacking town of Garden City.

They have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.

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Two of the three men accused of plotting to bomb a Garden City apartment complex where many Somali immigrants live will also face firearms charges. The indictment was filed on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Wichita.

The previous indictment charged Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office

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.

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One of the men charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction on a housing complex in Garden City has waived a detention hearing.

Gavin Wright, a 51-year-old man from Liberal, decided to pass on a detention hearing in the case and instead pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office

New details have been released in the case involving three southwest Kansas men accused of plotting to attack Somali immigrants in Garden City. As KMUWs Nadya Faulx reports, two of the men are set to appear in court Friday for detention hearings.

Federal prosecutors filed a motion to keep Curtis Allen, Gavin Wright and Patrick Stein in custody during their trials.

The three men are charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. They allegedly wanted to use a homemade explosive device to bomb an apartment complex where many Somali Muslims live and pray.

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