Vegas Couple Accused in Plot to Kidnap, Kill Police

'Sovereign citizens' David Brutsche and Devon Newman caught in sting

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 23, 2013 4:54 PM CDT

(Newser) – Police in Las Vegas made two arrests this week in a scary-sounding plot to kidnap and kill police officers and judges, reports the local Review-Journal. David Allan Brutsche, 42, and Devon Campbell Newman, 67, are self-described "sovereign citizens" who don't recognize the authority of police, courts, or the government. To make their point, they intended to start kidnapping random police officers, then staging trials and executions, say undercover detectives who worked with the couple on the plot since April.

They face charges of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder, although Newman tells 8NewsNow from jail that she never intended to kidnap anyone and thought Brutsche was all talk. Both appeared in court today, and both made clear they didn't recognize the court's authority to hold them, notes the LA Times. Newman, for instance, informed the judge that she would like to be released immediately. "So noted," responded the judge. "Denied."

This combination of images provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows David Allen Brutsche and Devon Campbell Newman.   (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
Devon Campbell Newman, 67, makes her first appearance in front of Judge Conrad Hafen in Las Vegas Justice Court on Friday.   (AP Photos/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Chase Stevens)
David Allan Brutsche, 42, makes his first appearance in front of Judge Conrad Hafen in Las Vegas Justice Court on Friday.   (AP Photos/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Chase Stevens)
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