Taos, NM — Despite finding plans to wage acts of terrorism against a myriad of locations across the United States on their property, hand written notes detailing ideal attack sites, calls for Jihad against “specific targets such as teachers, schools, banks and other “corrupt” institutions,” and a dead toddler on their compound, a New Mexico judge dismissed all charges against three of the alleged terrorists who were reported to have trained children to be school shooters.
According to FOX News, District Judge Emilio Chavez on Wednesday dismissed charges against three of the five defendants, ruling that authorities violated the state’s “10-day rule.”
Child abuse charges against Lucas Morton, Subhannah Wahhaj and Hujrah Wahhaj were dropped because prosecutors missed the 10-day limit for an evidentiary hearing to establish probable cause.
During a separate hearing Wednesday, Judge Jeff McElroy dismissed the same charges against fellow defendants, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Jany Leveille. However, charges leveled against them on Friday, in connection to the death of a missing 3-year-old boy, remained.
As TFTP reported, the five accused child abuse suspects — arrested earlier this month for allegedly training children to carry out school shootings — were released by a New Mexico judge despite frightening evidence against them. Days later, their compound was mysteriously ransacked by feds.
In a shocking move, after their arrest, the judge granted the defendants an incredibly low bail amount, kicking off a firestorm of controversy. On a condition of their release, the defendants were told to adhere to 13 items required by the state including posting a $20,000 appearance bond, wearing an ankle monitor, no contact with their children, and house arrest. As we previously reported, however, their house—which was a stolen RV—was seized and their compound demolished as part of a mysterious campaign by federal agents.
Now, three of the alleged terrorists won’t have to worry about these requirements at all.
Following a court order, authorities seized the RV where the five adults are believed to have been abusing 11 children and training them for school shootings.
The compound, on which authorities discovered the remains of a 3-year-old toddler, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, had stood vacant since the initial raid by Taos county deputies on August 3.
The five accused suspects — Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, Lucas Morton, 40, Jany Leveille, 35, Hujrah Wahhaj, 37, and Subhannah Wahhaj, 35 — were found on a decrepit compound earlier this month with 11 malnourished children dressed in rags. All of the children were emaciated and there was very little food found on the property.
The FBI also discovered the remains of another child who was found in an underground series of tunnels underneath the compound. On top of the severe child abuse discovered at the site, the FBI found evidence that the group was training to carry out acts of terror—specifically school shootings—inside the US.
A report from NBC news showed the before and after photos of the compound after it was ransacked by federal agents. Adding to the mystery behind the destruction, the only thing that appeared to be removed from the property was the RV.
Authorities left behind bullets, personal belongings, and other items—all of which could’ve contained evidence. Now, however, it is destroyed and tainted and the alleged perpetrators set free.
On top of destroying potential evidence at the compound, the prosecution also failed to present enough evidence for the judge to rule in favor of denying the suspects’ bail.
As KOB4 reports, State District Judge Sarah Backus explains that prosecutors failed to produce clear and convincing evidence that showed the defendants, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, Hujrah Wahhaj, Lucas Morton, Jany Leveille and Subhannah Wahhaj, are a danger to the community.
This is despite admitting that a child was killed in their custody while performing some sort of ritual.
As TFTP reported, according to the FBI, Leveille and Siraj Ibn Wahhaj believed that, after the child died, he would be resurrected as “Jesus.” The child would then instruct the other children on “corrupt institutions” they were to attack.
Targets would include schools, he said, as well as law enforcement agencies and financial institutions. Further, Leveille told the kids that targeted individuals who did not accept their beliefs were to be detained until they were converted. Otherwise, they were to be killed, Taylor said the children told him during the interviews, according to Taos News.
As CNN reported over the weekend, evidence was also presented showing that the alleged terrorists were planning to target an Atlanta hospital.
The handwritten document contained “instructions for ‘The one-time terrorist,’ instructions on the use of a ‘choke point,’ a location ‘called the ideal attack site,’ the ‘ability to defend the safe haven,’ the ‘ability to escape-perimeter rings,’ and ‘sniper position detection procedure,'” according to the court filing.
Some of the children at the compound told police that Morten allegedly “stated he wished to die in Jihad, as a martyr,” prosecutors said in the motion.
“At times, Jany Leveille would laugh and joke about dying in Jihad as would Subhanna Wahhaj,” according to the court document.
The child witnesses also told FBI agents that they were instructed in tactical weapons training to carry out this mass carnage, including speed reloads, tactical reloads, moving and shooting and room clearing. The FBI found books on the property related to this training.
“The evidence as a whole says this family was on a mission, and a violent one,” prosecutor Tim Hassan told the court.
Despite this overwhelming evidence that the FBI claimed to hold, Judge Backus explained that prosecutors failed to mention any of this in court.
As KOB points out, Judge Backus says that the state alleged the defendants were teaching the children to participate in school shootings but provided no evidence to support the claim. She invited the state to provide evidence in a supplemental motion.
As Fox reports, Chavez said Wednesday that it was a very difficult decision to drop the charges but the rule left him with no option. Prosecutors could still seek charges for the three by asking a grand jury to indict them but offered no immediate indication on how they would proceed.
This clear mishandling of the case is leading to speculation online that these five suspects may have been assets of the federal government. While this is entirely speculative, the fact that feds destroyed the area and three of the suspects have now had their charges dropped only adds fuel to this conspiracy theory fire.