BALTIMORE (AP) — A man accused of trying to detonate a phony bomb at a military recruiting center in suburban Baltimore is expected to enter a new plea.
Antonio Martinez, who was charged with attempted murder of federal officers and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, is scheduled for rearraignment Thursday in federal court. The 22-year-old originally pleaded not guilty, but rearraignments tend to indicate plans for a new plea.
Court documents detail a sting that allegedly caught Martinez trying to detonate a fake car bomb provided by the FBI in 2010.
Martinez's attorneys sought the dismissal of the charges, arguing that a lack of recordings of early meetings with an informant deprived him of potentially exculpatory evidence. Prosecutors said that statements recorded later corroborate his "guilty state of mind."