Trial date set in Ariz. grenade launcher hoax case - New York News

Trial date set in Ariz. grenade launcher hoax case

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PHOENIX -

A new trial date has been set for a man accused of sending his nephew into a street with a fake grenade launcher as he filmed the masked teen pointing the fake weapon at passing cars.

Michael David Turley is scheduled for a May 1 trial.

Turley has pleaded not guilty to falsely perpetuating a terrorism act for the July 28 incident in northwest Phoenix.

Police who had responded to calls about the fake grenade launcher were told that the two were filming a movie and took down their names and left.

Officers say Turley and his nephew ran around city streets last summer with the fake launcher to test the response time of police.

But Turley was later arrested after police interviewed people who called emergency services and later saw the video posted on YouTube.

A narrator in the video says he wanted to see how long it took authorities to respond: "Our actor paced the crosswalk to draw as much attention as possible by now we could only hope that someone had called police our actor continued to cross back and forth exerting more and more energy as he went."

Turley was charged with knowingly giving a false impression and endangerment.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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