Jury to spend 2nd day on courthouse takeover case

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.


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