Bizarre courthouse takeover case goes to trial

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Georgia militia supporter goes on trial Tuesday in Knoxville charged in a bizarre plan to take over a rural Tennessee courthouse and help serve citizens' arrest warrants on judges and law officers.

Federal court records show 41-year-old Darren Wesley Huff of Dallas, Ga., traveled in April 2010 to the Monroe County Courthouse between Chattanooga and Knoxville with a handgun and an AK-47 after telling FBI agents he planned to join in making citizens' arrests.

Huff is charged with carrying a firearm in interstate commerce with the intent to use it in a civil disorder. He is also charged with using a firearm in relation to another felony.

Huff and his attorney, G. Scott Green, have declined comment.

The federal jury trial is expected to last several days.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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