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Woman accused in plot to kill police officers denies guilt

Reported by: Christine Kim
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Updated: 8/23/2013 8:26 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- A woman police are accusing of being a domestic terrorist breaks her silence to News 3 from behind bars.

Metro police say they believe Devon Newman, 67, and David Brutsche, 42, were plotting to kidnap and kill a local police officer.

The two are allegedly part of the sovereign citizen movement, a group the FBI considers domestic terrorists.

From the Clark County Detention Center, Newman denied any ties to the sovereign movement and that she is innocent of the charges.

“I have never intended to harm or kidnap anyone,” Newman said.

Police say they have hundreds of hours of evidence that prove otherwise.

Newman says she volunteered to film wrongdoings of law enforcement.

“I feel they are going far beyond what the constitution allows,” she said.

Newman says she met Brutsche when he was selling water on the Strip and let him stay at her place.

Metro says Newman and Brutsche belong to the sovereign citizen movement, a domestic terrorist threat group that believes they are separate from the United States and do not follow the law.

At a news conference, police announced that after months of undercover work, they arrested the two for plotting to kidnap a random police officer and put the officer through their own court before execution.

Documents say she played more of a coordinating role in the plot, including how to get rid of the officer's body.

Retired West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert says the sovereign movement is growing across our country.

“They are willing to kill and be killed,” he said in a Skype interview. “To uphold these beliefs, they are willing to die for it.”

A dash cam video from 2010 shows how Paudert first learned about the movement.

His son, a West Memphis police sergeant, and his partner were at a routine traffic stop when they were shot to death by sovereign citizens.

“A 16 year old boy got out with an AK-47 and murdered two police officers that were armed,” Paudert said. “How does a 16-year-old kid, never been to school, homeschooled … It’s going to happen again. We got to know what we're dealing with.”

He estimates there are hundreds of thousands sovereign citizens across the nation, many who view law enforcement as enemies. According to court documents, it is a view shared by Newman and Brutsche.

Newman denies that.

“I do not look law enforcement as an enemy,” she said. “I think there are good and bad in law enforcement; good in bad in any people.”

The suspects are scheduled for a court appearance Friday morning at the Regional Justice Center.



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