Plea changes set for three in Brecksville bridge bomb plot

AKRON, Ohio - Three of the four remaining defendants charged with plotting to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio are changing their pleas in a development that usually signals plans by a defendant to plead guilty.

Federal judge David Dowd scheduled hearings Wednesday afternoon in Akron for the three defendants after meeting with attorneys Tuesday.

Mike Tobin, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Cleveland, has confirmed the change-of-plea hearings for 20-year-old Brandon Baxter of Lakewood; 20-year-old Connor Stevens of Berea; and 26-year-old Douglas Wright of Indianapolis.

In July, another defendant, 35-year-old Anthony Hayne of Cleveland, pleaded guilty and agreed to testify for the government.

Plea changes by the trio would leave only Joshua Stafford, currently undergoing a psychiatric evaluation, facing trial.

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