KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — An FBI agent charged with assaulting his wife waived his right to a key hearing and moved the case to a trial court in Kalamazoo, records show.

Meanwhile, Richard Trask is not expected to testify as one of the lead agents who investigated an alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. A trial for five men is scheduled in federal court in October.

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“They’re slicing him out. They’re not calling him,” Michael Hills, a defense attorney in the federal case, told a judge Thursday, referring to prosecutors.

Trask was charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder after a July incident at his home in the Kalamazoo area. Investigators said he beat his wife.

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Trask on Tuesday waived his right to a hearing to determine whether there’s enough evidence to send the case to trial, according to online records.

“He’s spent his entire career protecting and serving his nation. He loves his family, his job, and loves this country. We’re not trying this case in the media,” Trask’s attorney, Sarissa Montague, said after an earlier hearing.

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