LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- A man accused of planning to kidnap Las Vegas police officers then execute them will not be allowed to represent himself in court.
The preliminary hearings for David Allan Brutsche, 42, and Devon Campbell Newman, 67, have been postponed until Sept. 26. They were arrested in August, accused of planning to kidnap an officer and place that officer in a makeshift jail. The officer would be tried for treason and civil rights violations and then executed.
Brutsche looked to represent himself, saying he had done it before when he faced a charge for failing to register as a sex offender. Judge Conrad Hafen denied the request.
Carl Arnold, Newman’s attorney, has asked for separate trials, saying that Newman is not part of the sovereign citizen movement.
Brutsche and Newman now only face a charge of conspiracy to attempt kidnapping. The charges of conspiracy to commit murder and first-degree kidnapping have been dropped.
Sovereign citizens say they distrust the government, and those who claim sovereign citizenship claim they do not answer to U.S. laws.
Officials had said that Brutsche and Newman were under investigation since April. They met with undercover Metro police approximately 30 times during that period.