Defense wants military recruiting center bomb plot charges dismissed
Posted: 11:46 am Tue, August 2, 2011
Attorneys for a Baltimore man accused of plotting to bomb a military recruiting center want the charges dismissed because the government did not record some of his early meetings with an informant that they say could show he was coerced.
Antonio Martinez, also known as Muhammad Hussain, is charged with attempted murder of federal officers and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Martinez, who has pleaded not guilty, faces a possible life sentence.
An affidavit details how Martinez was caught in an FBI sting operation, given a phony bomb and arrested after allegedly trying to detonate the phony bomb outside the recruiting center in December.
His attorneys also want to suppress Martinez’s statements in interviews, and evidence obtained from two homes and a cell phone.
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