April 9 trial set for man in grenade launcher hoax

Michael David Turley

Michael David Turley

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 26 at 11:44 AM

PHOENIX (AP) -- An April 9 trial date has been set for a man who's 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.
 
Michael David Turley has pleaded not guilty to falsely perpetuating a terrorism act for the July 28 incident in northwest Phoenix.
 
Police who had responded to calls about the fake grenade launcher were told that the two were filming a movie and took down their names and left.
 
But Turley was later arrested after police interviewed people who called emergency services and later saw the video posted on YouTube.
 
A narrator in the video says he wanted to see how long it took authorities to respond.
 

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