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2 Men Accused in Minn. Mosque Bombing to Change Pleas

Two men charged in the 2017 bombing of a Bloomington, Minn., mosque are expected to change their please. Two men charged in the 2017 bombing of a Bloomington, Minn., mosque are expected to change their please. |  Photo: KSTP-TV

Created: January 16, 2019 02:17 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Two of three militia members accused of bombing a Minnesota mosque have hearings scheduled next week in federal court to change their pleas.

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Online court records show hearings for Michael McWhorter and Joe Morris on Jan. 24. The two men, along with Michael Hari, are accused of driving from Clarence, Illinois, in August 2017 and attacking Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington. McWhorter allegedly said the men did it to scare Muslims from the country.

McWhorter and Morris have pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime charges. A change of plea hearing typically means that the defendants plan to enter a guilty plea before the court.

McWhorter's and Morris' cases have been combined in Minnesota, while Hari's cases remain separate.

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