KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal judge has ordered a jury to spend another day deciding whether a Georgia militia supporter had violent intent when he brought firearms to an East Tennessee courthouse.
The jury in Knoxville sent Judge Thomas Varlan a note late Monday afternoon saying it was deadlocked in the case of Darren Wesley Huff of Dallas, Ga. Varlan told jurors to return Tuesday and try again to reach a verdict.
Huff is charged with bringing two guns into Tennessee for what prosecutors have called a plot to take over the Monroe County Courthouse by people who dispute President Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship.
Huff testified he was supporting Madisonville resident Walter Fitzpatrick in trying to arrest local officials but said he didn't intend to take over the courthouse.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.