Man accused in Kansas bomb plot blames others

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -

The Latest on three men accused of plotting to bomb a Kansas apartment complex housing Somali refugees (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

A man accused of planning to bomb a Kansas apartment complex that houses Somali refugees says he was unaware his co-defendants intended to carry out the attack.

Gavin Wright made the argument in a court motion filed Wednesday that offers the first details at his defense strategy.

His attorney filed the 93-page document during a hearing where she asked that Wright be released pending trial. The judge hasn't ruled on the request.

Wright and co-defendants Patrick Stein and Curtis Allen are charged with conspiring to detonate truck bombs at an apartment complex in Garden City, a meatpacking town about 200 miles (322 kilometers) west of Wichita. They've pleaded not guilty.

Wright's motion is redacted, but it portrays Wright as a lonely man desperate to find friends after moving to rural western Kansas. It contends Wright believed the talk about surveillance of the Somali Muslim refugee community was only hyperbole.

10:30 a.m.

Federal prosecutors have appealed a judge's decision throwing out one of the charges against a Kansas man accused of plotting to attack Somali immigrants in the meatpacking town of Garden City.

The government on Tuesday filed a notice of appeal regarding a ruling that dismissed a firearms charge against Curtis Allen and evidence upon which that charge is based.

3 charged in plot to bomb Somali immigrants in Garden City

Prosecutors contend in their filing that the evidence is substantial proof of a fact material to the proceeding.

Allen and co-defendants Patrick Stein and Gavin Wright still face charges of conspiring to detonate truck bombs at an apartment complex where Somali immigrants live.

All three have pleaded not guilty.

The U.S. attorney's office said Wednesday that prosecutors do not expect the appeal to delay the Feb. 20 trial.
 

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