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Audio recording of assassination plot against Minnesota journalist submitted as evidence to federal judge

Federal Judge Leo I. Brisbois will listen to key figures in HaLeigh Cummings case discuss plan to commit murder

January 30, 2015

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

Audio capturing a plan to kill Timothy Charles Holmseth has been submitted to the United States Federal Court to be reviewed by Judge Leo I. Brisbois.

The recordings have been submitted as evidence in support of a complaint filed by Holmseth against defendants in Holmseth v. City of East Grand Forks et al – a civil rights action filed under 42 – U.S.C. – 1983 (Deprivation of Rights).

In two separate audios, which were legally recorded in the state of Minnesota, William (Cobra) Staubs is heard discussing details of a plan to kill Holmseth.



In one audio, Staubs discusses the details of the plot with Maria and John Burgun, millionaires from Plantation, Florida.

In 2012, Maria Burgun told the FBI that she and her husband were swindled out money they invested in a biofuel company, after it was improperly used to finance the HaLeigh Cummings kidnapping.

In another audio, Staubs admits to temporarily moving in to a Broward County residence in 2009, where multiple meetings were then held to discuss the ‘Timothy Holmseth’ problem. Staubs admits on tape to assisting two of the plotters in clearing the home of illegal firearms, and hiding them in his vehicle to avoid detection by law enforcement, after Donald Knop, a witness in the HaLeigh Cummings kidnapping case, threatened to call the police.

The audio supplements an affidavit by Staubs, which was initially submitted as exhibitive evidence in support of the original complaint filed by Holmseth.

During the recordings, Staubs says the man threatening to murder Holmseth claimed to have the “chief of police” in his “back pocket”. Staubs discusses a warning he previously issued to Holmseth to not attend a court hearing in Broward County, Florida, and explains how Holmseth may have been killed in a staged drive-by shooting that would be covered up by corrupt police.

John Burgun and a plotter are both listed on the Articles of Incorporation of a biofuel company that was seized by federal authorities during the RICO investigation, and subsequent prosecution, of the infamous Fort Lauderdale attorney and Ponzi schemer, Scott W. Rothstein.  

During a court hearing on December 17, 2014, in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, Holmseth told the Honorable Brisbois about the death threats, and explained that he reported the threats to Lt. Detective Rodney Hajicek at the East Grand Forks police Department. Hajicek took absolutely no action.

Although Hajicek took no investigatory action regarding the death threats, police records show Hajicek was in direct contact with the individuals planning to kill Holmseth.  

Holmseth also told Judge Brisbois that he told his lawyer, Michael LaCoursiere, an attorney with the Minnesota Public Defender’s office, about the death threats. LaCoursiere also did nothing to alert authorities.

According to Holmseth’s complaint, LaCoursiere entered into a conspiracy with East Grand Forks City Attorney Ronald Galstad; the EGFPD; and Polk County Sheriff’s Office to violate Holmseth’s constitutional rights.  

Assistant Minnesota Attorney General Alethea Huyser, the attorney representing LaCoursiere in the federal lawsuit, told Judge Brisbois she was not aware that Holmseth’s life had been threatened.

Holmseth originally reported the threats to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, which fell on deaf ears.

Staubs boasts many relationships within the Florida legal community. He told Holmseth he personally met with Attorney General Bondi. He also said he met with FDLE commissioner Gerald Bailey. He has also boasted to Holmseth that he telephones judges at home.

During Holmseth’s extensive interviews with key figures in the HaLeigh Cummings and Caylee Anthony cases, Staubs revealed the framework of a drug trafficking operation in Florida, which he said involved a network of law enforcement officers.

Staubs named Chris Middleton, an investigator for the State’s Attorney’s office in Putnam County, as a person of interest in the HaLeigh Cummings cover-up.

Staubs is a close associate of Jeff Poole, the Broward County deputy that was fired, charged, and imprisoned for his corrupt activities involving the Scott Rothstein case.

Wayanne Kruger, author and child’s victim’s advocate, told Holmseth during recorded interviews that the plotters operated an illegal human trafficking operation that used fake medical documents and a clergy impersonator to sell infants and toddlers to purchasers in foreign countries; through the United States Embassy.  

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