Militia member accused of takeover threat remains free on bond

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/AP) -- A federal judge has determined that
a former Georgia militia member can remain free on bond without electronic monitoring his trial in an interstate weapons case.

Darren Wesley Huff of Dallas, Ga., is accused of bringing an AK-47 into East Tennessee in April after threatening to take over the Monroe County Courthouse.

His next court date was also rescheduled for April 12.

Prosecutors say Huff previously lied when he said landscaping work prevented him from wearing an electronic ankle bracelet.

A magistrate Monday disagreed with Huff's motion that the government case is unconstitutional.

Huff and state co-defendant Walter Fitzpatrick III of Monroe County were convicted of state charges. Fitzpatrick was sentenced to 60 days in jail. The charges stem from Fitzpatrick's claim that President Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen.

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