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2nd trial set for Aug. 9 for 2 men charged in Whitmer plot

Kent County Sheriff's Department (edited from original)
Adam Dean Fox, left, and Barry Croft Jr.

A jury in April were deadlocked on Adam Fox and Barry Croft

A judge has set Aug. 9 for a second trial for two men charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. A jury in April acquitted two other men but were deadlocked on Adam Fox and Barry Croft.

They were described as leaders of a scheme to kidnap Whitmer at her vacation home in 2020, trigger a civil war and prevent Joe Biden from winning the presidency.

Prosecutors said the group was steeped in anti-government extremism and furious over Whitmer’s pandemic restrictions. There was evidence of a crudely built “shoot house” to practice going in and out of her vacation home, and a night ride to check the property.

Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta were acquitted.

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