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Judge denies dismissal of Md. bomb plot charges

A federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss charges against a Baltimore man accused of plotting to bomb a military recruiting center.

Judge J. Frederick Motz also denied a motion Wednesday to suppress evidence in the case of Antonio Martinez, who is charged with attempted murder of federal officers and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Martinez, also known as Muhammad Hussain, has pleaded not guilty.

An affidavit details how Martinez was caught in an FBI sting after allegedly trying to detonate a phony bomb. Martinez’ attorneys argued that the lack of recordings of early meetings with an informant deprives the defense of potentially exculpatory evidence.

Prosecutors argued that later statements that were recorded corroborate his “predisposition and guilty state of mind.”