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Terror hoax filmmaker makes initial court appearance

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PHOENIX -

A terror hoax on Phoenix streets. FOX 10 broke the story Tuesday and it's made international headlines.

Shocking video shows a man dressed in a sheet, his face and head covered, pointing what looks like a real rocket launcher at drivers at a valley intersection.

Turley posted a message on his Facebook on September 5, admitting he shot the film and saying "sometimes a person has to do something extreme to prove a point." Wednesday, Michael Turley, the filmmaker behind that stunt was in court.

It's the first time since his arrest we are seeing the filmmaker. His hearing was quick and Turley said very little.

A superior court judge addressed 39-year-old Michael David Turley in court, first asking his name then reading the charges he faces. There are a total of four.

"You are here for one count of knowingly giving false impression a class four felony…" said Judge Alysson Abe.

Turley is the anonymous filmmaker behind this video, a "test" to see how long it would take Phoenix Police to respond to a terrorism threat.

Police say Turley sent his 16-year-old nephew, the person you see in the intersection of 33rd Avenue and Bell Road, to point a RPG at people driving by.

"This is an extremely unusual case. I don't believe in the times I've been at an initial appearance court I've had a case like this," said the prosecutor.

The prosecutor asked the judge to set Turley's bail at $5,000 because of his disregard for what he did.

"What strikes us is the defendant didn't place himself in danger. He placed a 16-year-old relative in what could have been a fatal situation."

Turley's next court appearance is October 1.

YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2G3CEvz66ns&feature=plcp

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