Men accused of plotting to murder judges

A man accused of plotting to murder two South Australian judges is in hospital and will face a private bedside hearing, while his co-accused is due in court.

The men, aged 63 and 44, from Murray Bridge, southeast of Adelaide, were arrested on Sunday after what major crime detectives described as "a sophisticated investigation" over two months.

They are accused of plotting to murder the two judges and to destroy their homes and that of a senior police officer, crimes which police believe were to take place this week.

Detective Greg Hutchins alleges the offences were motivated by retribution and the older man offered to pay the young man to carry out the crimes.

Police on Sunday said the men, who are charged with conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to commit arson on a home thereby endangering life, would appear in Murray Bridge Magistrates court on Monday.

However, police now say only the 44-year-old man will appear in the court.

"The 63-year-old man also charged is currently receiving treatment in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and will be subject to a private bedside court hearing sometime today," they said in a statement.

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