Trial to begin for man accused in terrorism hoax
Prosecutors allege Michael David Turley endangered his 16-year-old nephew in staging the mock terrorism scenario in northwest Phoenix
By Jacques Billeaud
PHOENIX — Lawyers are scheduled to make opening statements Wednesday at the trial of an Arizona man accused of sending his nephew into a street with a fake grenade launcher as he filmed the masked teen pointing the fake weapon at passing cars.
Prosecutors allege filmmaker Michael David Turley endangered his 16-year-old nephew in staging the mock terrorism scenario on July 28 at a busy intersection in northwest Phoenix.
Turley pleaded not guilty to charges of endangerment and engaging in a criminal hoax.
Turley wasn't arrested the day of the hoax, but was booked nearly two months later after police interviewed people who called emergency services and later saw the video on YouTube.
If convicted of both charges, Turley would face penalties ranging from only probation to more than five years in prison.
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