'Newburgh 4' bail decision expected

June 24, 2010 9:08:52 PM PDT
Four men accused of plotting to bomb a synagogue and Jewish community center await the decision of a federal judge.

The men are facing an 8-count indictment, including conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.

Investigators say they also planned to shoot down a military plane at the Air National Base at Stewart Airport.

They were arrested more than a year ago.

A judge is supposed decide if they will be granted bail, but that decision has been delayed on two previous occassions.

Lawyers for 44-year-old James Cromitie, 32-year-old Onta Williams, 28-year-old David Williams and 27-year-old Laguerre Payen appeared before the judge Monday to argue for bail. Prosectuors argued the suspects should not be allowed out on bail because they are dangerous to the public and are a flight risk.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Raskin detailed the case against the men, who are accused of placing what they thought were bombs outside two Bronx synagogues last year. They are also accused of planning to use what they thought was a live Stinger missile against planes.

They have pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges and claim they were entrapped by a federal informant who proposed and directed the plot and then supplied the fake bombs and false missile.