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Prosecutor says man endangered teen's life in hoax

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Michael Turley Michael Turley

By JACQUES BILLEAUD Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - A prosecutor says a man on trial for carrying out a terrorism hoax in Phoenix last summer could have gotten his 16-year-old nephew killed by sending him into a street with a fake grenade launcher.

Filmmaker Michael David Turley captured video of the masked teen pointing the fake weapon at passing cars during rush-hour traffic.

Turley is charged with endangerment and engaging in a criminal hoax for the July 28 mock terrorism scenario in northwest Phoenix.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

During opening statements Wednesday, the prosecutor said some drivers who called 911 considered running down the teen.

Turley's attorney says it was foolish for his client to send his nephew into such a potentially dangerous situation, but pointed out that no one was hurt in the hoax.

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