Militia wedding photos show child with gun

March 31, 2010 7:29:38 AM PDT
As the last of nine arrested in connection to a plot to kill police was arraigned Tuesday in Detroit, disturbing photos surfaced from his family's recent wedding ceremonies.

Joshua Matthew Stone, 21, was the ninth suspect connected to the militia group called Hutaree taken into police custody. Members are accused of planning to kill a police officer and then attack the funeral procession in order to kill more law enforcement agents.

Bond was denied for Joshua Stone, who surrendered peacefully to police in a rural southern Michigan trailer. According to the alleged plot, Stone and eight others- including his father- had planned to call 911 and then kill the officer who responded.

"The goal was to attack law enforcement. They saw law enforcement as their enemy and wanted to take them down," said Barbara McQuaid, U.S. attorney.

Photos posted on several Hutaree pages on Facebook show members of the group armed with guns- even at family weddings. Joshua Stone and his father, David, are shown at the 21-year-old's wedding inside a Michigan church on March 13. Also on Facebook, there are photos of David's wedding, held earlier, in which he and his attendants are dressed in green and carrying guns. His bride, Tina, is dressed in a black gown with white slashes as her maid of honor holds a shotgun. David and Tina are among those charged in the plot. Also taken on David Stone's wedding day: a photo of a young attendee carrying an assault rifle.

ABC7's I-Team has found Hutaree video on a militia website that shows a training exercise where a member acts out the role of someone shot and wounded.

On another website, Hutaree members say what drives them is a bible verse from the gospel of John: "greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." To accomplish that the site says; "We must be armed" and the belief that "Thou shalt not kill" doesn't apply when it comes to self-defense.

It is unclear exactly what the Hutaree's grievances are with the government or law enforcement. The members boldly claim that their commander is "Jesus," who they say "wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment."


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