ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Three members of an Illinois militia group accused of bombing a Bloomington mosque will have their federal cases consolidated for trial in St. Paul.
Michael Hari, Michael McWhorter and Joe Morris were arrested in March in connection with last year’s explosion at Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington. No one was injured in the attack.READ MORE: Daunte Wright Shooting: Demonstrators And Police Clash For 4th Night In Brooklyn Center
The men face federal hate crime charges. After their arrests, authorities say McWhorter told FBI agents that they wanted to scare Muslims out of the country.READ MORE: 'These Kids Are Going To Be Traumatized': Residents At Epicenter Of Daunte Wright Protests Feel Powerless
They are also charged with federal crimes in Illinois, including the attempted bombing of an abortion clinic.
The Star Tribune reports Morris pleaded not guilty Tuesday in federal court in St. Paul. His attorney tells The Associated Press the plea speaks for itself and he had no further comment.Daunte Wright Shooting: Fmr. Officer Kim Potter Released From Jail Hours After Arrest For Manslaughter Charges
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