Closing arguments set in Ariz. terrorism hoax case
By Andrew Michalscheck
PHOENIX (AP) -- Lawyers are scheduled to make closing arguments Monday at the trial of a Phoenix man accused of endangering the life of his 16-year-old nephew in a terrorism hoax.
Michael David Turley is on trial for sending the teen into a busy northwest Phoenix intersection on July 28 with a fake grenade launcher as he filmed the masked teen pointing it at passing vehicles during rush-hour traffic.
The 40-year-old Turley has pleaded not guilty to charges of endangerment and engaging in a criminal hoax.
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.