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6 arraigned by state attorney general on terrorism charges

Posted at 4:07 PM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 18:49:31-04

LANSING, Mich. —
Six of the seven individuals facing terrorism and other charges in the state in connection to a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have now been arraigned, while the seventh is still being extradited to Michigan.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel made the announcement Friday.

A total of 19 state felony charges were filed by Nessel’s office against seven men known to be members or associates of the Wolverine Watchmen militia group.

Federal charges were filed against six other individuals.

The suspects were alleged to have:

  • called on the group’s members to identify the home addresses of law enforcement officers in order to target them
  • Made threats of violence to start a civil war leading to societal collapse
  • Engaged in the planning of and training for an operation to attack the state Capitol building and kidnap government officials, including Whitmer

Nessel arraigned the following individuals on terrorism, gang and firearm charges:

  • Paul Bellar, 21, of Milford – currently being extradited to Michigan after being arrested in South Carolina
  • Shawn Fix, 38, of Belleville – arraigned Friday in Antrim County with bond set at $250,000
  • Eric Molitor, 36, of Cadillac – arraigned Thursday in Antrim County
  • Michael Null, 38, of Plainwell and William Null, 38, of Shelbyville – both arraigned Thursday in Antrim County
  • Pete Musico, 42, and Joseph Morrison, 26, both of Munith – both arraigned Thursday in Jackson County.