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Closing arguments set in Ariz. terrorism hoax case

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Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013 7:20 am | Updated: 7:44 am, Thu Aug 8, 2013.

PHOENIX (AP) — Lawyers are scheduled to make closing arguments Monday at the trial of a Phoenix man accused of endangering the life of his 16-year-old nephew in a terrorism hoax.

Michael David Turley is on trial for sending the teen into a busy northwest Phoenix intersection on July 28 with a fake grenade launcher as he filmed the masked teen pointing it at passing vehicles during rush-hour traffic.

The 40-year-old Turley has pleaded not guilty to charges of endangerment and engaging in a criminal hoax.

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.

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

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