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Trial date set for Vegas 'sovereign citizen' suspects

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David Brutsche, left, and Devon Newman, right. (LVMPD) David Brutsche, left, and Devon Newman, right. (LVMPD)

Two people, who are accused of plotting to ambush and kill Metro officers, had their trial date set Tuesday.

Devon Newman, 67, and David Brutsche, 42, appeared in Las Vegas Justice Court for arraignments. Newman entered a not guilty plea while Brutsche's attorney entered the same plea on his client's behalf.

Both had their trial date set for Dec. 9, with a pre-trial hearing slated for Dec. 2.

The man and woman, who police identified as members of the "sovereign citizens" movement, were arrested in August following a five-month investigation into an operation involving the pair.

An arrest report alleged the couple wanted to kidnap a police officer, try the officer in "sovereign" court for treason and then execute the officer.

The two were originally charged with counts of conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and attempted first-degree kidnapping with use of a deadly weapon.

On Sept. 10, prosecutors, though, dropped the conspiracy to commit murder and attempted first-degree kidnapping charges for both suspects. On Sept. 26, a judge ordered the two to stand trial.

A judge also set bail for Brutsche and Newman, although both remain held at Clark County Detention Center, according to an inmate database.

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

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