Thanks to a Free Press request, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Grand Rapids has released a number of exhibits related to the kidnapping plot against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
A federal judge also plans to consider whether two of the men, including the MI man described by federal authorities as the ringleader of the effort, should remain in jail before trial.
So far, 13 men have been accused in a domestic terrorism plot to kidnap Whitmer, bomb the Michigan Capitol building and harm local law enforcement.
A sixth man from DE is also facing federal charges in the plot. Berens on Tuesday denied bond for three other men charged in the case, saying Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta repeatedly participated in discussions about abducting Whitmer.
An FBI agent who testified at a detention hearing for several defendants on Tuesday in federal court described a meeting in OH where he said some of the accused conspirators also discussed ideas for killing Whitmer and a possible abduction of Virginia's Democratic governor, Ralph Northam.
Fox and Croft were among those who attended that session, according to testimony and court documents.
In one clip a group of men dressed in military gear get out of a vehicle and fire rounds from assault rifles into the distance.
She disagreed with defense attorneys who tried to argue that the plot amounted to just "loose talk".
Prosecutors, though, said some of the men conducted surveillance of Whitmer's northern MI house in August and September and four of the men had planned to meet last week to pay for explosives and exchange tactical gear. Higgins was arrested Thursday in Wisconsin and will be extradited to MI for arraignment.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Nils Kessler, though, argued that the group repeatedly took steps to protect their communication by using encrypted chat tools and anxious that federal authorities had infiltrated the group.
During a weekend trip to land owned by Garbin in Luther between September 12 and September 13, the Federal Bureau of Investigation says the group, including a "Wisconsin man", split up into three cars and performed a nighttime surveillance mission at and near Whitmer's vacation home where they discussed detonating a highway overpass to slow down any potential police response.
"You're crossing a pretty serious line when you go in the middle of the night in multiple cars and stage up at a gas station and. you go to the house of the sitting governor of the state to go surveil their house at night", Kessler said.
A preliminary hearing is sometimes described as a mini-trial but requires a lower standard of proof - probable cause - than a criminal trial.
"The fact that [the plan] was likely to be unsuccessful or hard to accomplish" isn't relevant, she said. "I personally own 15", Satawa said.
"Additionally, he used a mounted digital dash camera located in his vehicle to record the surveillance of the governor's home in order to aid in kidnapping plans", it said.
In a photo provided by the Kent County Sheriff, Ty Garbin is shown in a booking photo. Sgt. Michael Fink said in an affidavit released Thursday.
Higgins was arrested Thursday in Wisconsin and will be extradited to MI, she said.