Attorneys begin closing arguments in Whitmer kidnapping plot trial in Jackson County
Closing arguments will stretch into a second day for the trial of three men accused of helping in the plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020.
The state has charged Joseph Morrison, Pete Musico and Paul Bellar with providing material support for a terrorist act, among other charges.
Andrew Kirkpatrick is the defense attorney for Bellar. He told jurors yesterday that Bellar said scary things in a group chat, but he wasn’t serious about the kidnapping plans.
“His mind is thinking, ‘eh you know we said a lot of crazy stuff,' which they did. ‘We put a lot of crazy stuff on the wire,' which he did. 'I said a lot of crazy stuff here and there,' which he did. But he’s not being charged with any of that stuff. None of it.” said Kirkpatrick.
Prosecutors will have a chance to rebut the defense attorney’s closing arguments this morning, then jurors will get instructions before starting deliberations on the case.