In Michigan
5:16 pm
Wed March 31, 2010

Prosecutor: Agent infiltrated MI Christian militia

DETROIT –

Detention hearings for members of a Christian militia group who authorities say plotted to incite a violent revolt are recessed until Thursday.

A federal prosecutor who argued to hold them without bail said Wednesday that an undercover agent infiltrated the group and built explosives under the direction of suspected ringleader David Brian Stone.

U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Donald A. Scheer earlier entered not guilty pleas on behalf of seven defendants who stood mute to the charges, including the 44-year-old Stone. Stone's eldest son pleaded not guilty.

Detention hearings for six defendants followed, but the judge didn't issue a ruling. Two more are scheduled for Thursday.

The ninth suspect was in court in Indiana, and will be arraigned later in Michigan.