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Hearings set in X-ray weapon case

on June 21, 2013 10:19 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Detention hearings are planned for two upstate New York men accused of trying to build a portable X-ray weapon to secretly sicken Muslims and enemies of Israel.

An indictment unsealed this week charges Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, and Eric J. Feight, 54, with conspiracy to support terrorism.

They have been jailed since Tuesday. Prosecutors want them held until trial, citing risks of flight and danger to the community.

Court-appointed defense attorneys have declined comment so far.

Authorities allege they built a remote-control switch they planned to attach to a truck-mounted, industrial X-ray machine to secretly radiate people who would sicken or die days later.

Investigators say Crawford targeted “Muslims and several other individuals/groups” and solicited money from local Jewish groups.

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