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Bail set for second suspect in 'sovereign citizens' plot

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David Brutsche (left) and Devon Newman (Source: LVMPD) David Brutsche (left) and Devon Newman (Source: LVMPD)

Bail was set Monday for the second suspect arrested in connection with a plot that investigators said included kidnapping and killing police officers.

Devon Newman and David Brutsche, who police said identified with the "sovereign citizens" movement, were arrested last week after a monthslong investigation into the plot. Investigators said the couple wanted to kidnap a police officer, try them in a "sovereign" court for treason and then execute them.

Both suspects told FOX5 during jailhouse interviews that they never intended to harm any police officers, but rather to shed light on officers who violate the civil rights of others.

On Friday, the pair told a judge that they do not recognize his authority to keep them in jail. After a brief exchange in court, the judge ordered them back to jail until a hearing on Sept. 9.

Shortly after that, the judge set a $600,000 bail for Brutsche.

On Monday, a judge decided to set a bail of $200,000 for Newman.

Both Brutsche and Newman have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and attempted first-degree kidnapping with use of a deadly weapon.

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