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Mich. militia leader, son return to court to face gun charges in domestic terror trial
DETROIT (AP) ' The leader of a Michigan militia is returning to court with his son to face a few remaining charges, two days after a judge erased the government's conspiracy case.
David Stone and son Joshua Stone are accused of possessing illegal rifles and machine guns. The Stones and five other members of the Hutaree militia have been cleared of more serious charges of conspiring to use bombs and launch a rebellion against the government.
Detroit federal Judge Victoria Roberts on Tuesday said the government failed to prove its case.
The trial is scheduled to resume Thursday solely on the gun charges for David Stone and Joshua Stone of Lenawee County. Lawyers say it's possible they might strike a plea deal with prosecutors and end the entire case. Trial started Feb. 13.