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Preliminary hearing set for Illinois man charged in plot to destroy 48 Oklahoma churches

A December preliminary hearing has been set for Gregory Arthur Weiler II, 23, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., who is charged with possession of an explosive or incendiary device and violation of the Oklahoma Anti-Terrorism Act. He remains in the Ottawa County jail without bail.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Modified: October 22, 2012 at 8:43 pm •  Published: October 22, 2012
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— A preliminary hearing for an Illinois man charged with masterminding a plot to destroy 48 Ottawa County churches is set for December, a prosecutor said Monday.

Gregory Arthur Weiler II, 23, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., is charged with possession of an explosive or incendiary device and violation of the Oklahoma Anti-Terrorism Act. He remains in the Ottawa County jail without bail.

He appeared in court Monday for arraignment.

He will return to court Dec. 3 for a preliminary hearing, said Jennifer Ellis, assistant district attorney.

Weiler was quiet throughout the short court hearing Monday, Ellis said.

Weiler was traveling through northeast Oklahoma on his way to Kansas City when he checked into the Miami Legacy Inn & Suites on Sept. 20, police said.

A motel maintenance man found a green military duffel bag that held 50 apparent Molotov cocktails and other explosive-related items. Handwritten notes detailing a recipe for making Molotov cocktails, a list of 48 local churches, and a hand-drawn map of the churches were found in Weiler's motel room, according to an arrest affidavit.

Family members have said Weiler suffers from mental illness and both of his parents were drug users and committed suicide, according to published reports.

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