Fairbanks Militia leader says he discouraged use of violence

The Alaska militia leader wept on the stand as he testified in a trial accusing him and two other militia members of conspiring to murder government officials and collect illegal weapons.

Schaeffer Cox cried Tuesday while testifying about gathering his family's most precious belongings as he prepared last year to flee the country.

Cox also said he was against a so-called ``241'' plan that called for the killing of two government officials for each militia member who was killed if violence broke out.

The 28-year-old leader of the Alaska Peacemakers Militia said he ``didn't want to kill anybody,'' and said repeatedly he was the one who was afraid and wore a bullet proof vest and carried a gun most of the time as he led the Fairbanks militia.

He said the force was intended to protect its members when out-of-control government spending resulted in a collapse.