CHICAGO—Three men pleaded not guilty Monday to terrorism-related charges, including a plot that involved using Molotov cocktails to blow up political targets during the NATO summit in Chicago.
Brent Betterly, 24, Jared Chase, 24, and Brian Church, 20, were each charged in 11-count indictments with conspiracy to commit terrorism, possession of explosives and other terrorism-related crimes following a raid last month at the Bridgeport apartment where they were staying in the weeks leading up to the summit.
Their next court appearance is scheduled for July 16.
Defense attorneys say they have seen only a small amount of evidence, and they claim the defendants were set up by police infiltrators.
"There's going to be a lot of fighting around the discovery in this case because we know there were other law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation and the provocateurs of this case," defense attorney Michael Deutsch told reporters after today's hearing. "We need to know everything that was done to set these guys up."
About a dozen supporters stood in the courtroom gallery with their fists in the air as the defendants were led into the cramped courtroom.
Supporters held what they called a "noise demonstration" outside the Criminal Court Building.
According to the Cook County states attorney, Sebastian Senakiewicz is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday morning and Mark Neiween on July 23. They are the other two suspects in the NATO bomb plot.