Judge: Cases Against 5 in Whitmer Kidnapping Plot Can Move Forward

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A federal judge has decided that prosecutors have enough evidence to move toward trial for five Michigan men accused of plotting to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

A two-day preliminary hearing this week featured testimony by one of the FBI agents who ran the investigation, relying on confidential informants and undercover agents to thwart the purported scheme.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Berens said Friday that the five men’s cases can go to a grand jury, which will determine whether to issue indictments. That is required for them to face trial.

Berens also decided that all five men will remain held without bond.

A sixth man, Barry Croft, was separately ordered on Tuesday to be transferred to Michigan from his home state of Delaware.