GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The trial against four men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer continued on Thursday.
Video evidence was shown in court that accused Brandon Caserta of vowing to shoot and kill police.
“If we’re doing a recon or something and we come up on some of them, dude. You better not give them a chance. You either tell them to go right now, or else they’re gonna die. Period,” Caserta said.
The lawyer for Caserta insisted that Garbin was going to sell a ghost gun and kill the buyer. Michael Hill is Caserta’s attorney.
Michael Hill: You went to a gun deal. You were going to kill him.
Ty Garbin: I was there to protect in case he was robbed.
Michael Hill: You were going to kill him, correct?
Hill went on, highlighting Garbin’s criminal activity.
Michael Hill: Caserta did not help you sell ghost guns, build a shoot house. He did not give you any money, wasn’t making explosives with you?
Ty Garbin: No.
Kaleb Franks, 27, also took the witness stand on Thursday. He’s another star witness for federal prosecutors. He had pleaded guilty to charges and agreed to testify against the men he said he plotted with.
He told the jury he was depressed and had money problems, which is why he got involved with the alleged plot to kidnap Whitmer. For him, he said it was a suicide mission.
“I was hoping I would be killed during the process,” Franks said. “I no longer wanted to live.”
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