Trial of alleged ‘death ray’ builder set to start April 29

ALBANY – A Galway man accused of building a “death ray” to strike against “enemies of Israel” is scheduled to go on trial April 29, court documents show.

Meanwhile, prosecutors are seeking to withhold some information during the trial, according to court documents from the U.S. District Attorney’s Office of Northern New York.

In a motion filed March 11, prosecutors are trying to prevent information from an investigation into a death ray allegedly built by Glendon S. Crawford, 49, from coming out at the public trial, according to the court documents.

According to the motion, filed by U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian, prosecutors are seeking a protective order to limit dissemination of information concerning “personal identity and communications” for undercover government employees and information on the “death ray” allegedly built by Crawford, who was arrested in June 2013.

Crawford was arraigned on three charges, including attempting to produce and use a radiological dispersal device, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and distributing information relating to weapons of mass destruction.

He pleaded not guilty and was ordered detained pending further court action.

A second man, Eric Feight, 55, of Hudson also was arrested in the case.

Feight pleaded guilty in federal court in February to providing material support to terrorists. He’s being held until sentencing May 22 and faces a maximum of 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up to life in supervised release.

According to court documents, during the investigation, the government used undercover government employees, who met with Crawford and Feight. The employees revealed their appearances and undercover identity information and electronic communications equipment with assigned addresses and numbers.

According to the documents, prosecutors are concerned about protecting the undercover agents’ identities and others connected to them, such as other sources and witnesses.

Prosecutors also said in the petition they want to limit the details behind the death ray “for underlying reasons that are readily apparent – protecting public safety and reducing the likelihood of similar attempts by others.”

The indictment against Crawford relates to “the development of and plans to use a remotely operated radiation-emitting device to kill humans,” a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice stated.

According to a news release last year, the two aimed to create the device and target Muslims and other “enemies of Israel” silently with lethal doses of X-ray radiation.