U.S. not alleging terror ties in temple-bomb case
Federal prosecutors apparently won't claim that four Newburgh men accused of plotting to blow up two Bronx synagogues and shoot down military planes were members of a terrorist group.
Assistant U.S. Attorney David Raskin said at a pretrial hearing today that the trial won't be about membership in terrorist organizations. He said it will be about whether David Williams, Laguerre Payen, Onta Williams and James Cromitie "were going to blow something up."
Attorneys for the four suspects say an FBI informant offered $250,000 and a BMW to one of the suspects after he tried to disappear after becoming involved with the plot.
The FBI says Cromitie was the one who approached their undercover informant at a Newburgh mosque and asked him to participate, along with the other three suspects.
All four suspects have pleaded not guilty and are being held without bail. They are scheduled to go on trial June 14.
Associated Press reports contributed to this article.
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