Fairbanks Militia Trial Update

Defendant Coleman Barney calmly denied that the Fairbanks-based Alaska Peacekeeper Militia ever made concrete plans to kill federal officials and said the organization was running out of steam when he and other members were arrested last year.

Barney testified Monday in the Anchorage Federal District Court where he, militia leader Schaeffer Cox and member Lonnie Vernon are charged with conspiring to kill federal officials and to possess unregistered weapons.

Barney faced three and a half hours of cross examination by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Skrocki.

Cox had claimed there were 3,500 militia members, but Barney found out otherwise when CNN wanted to do a story on the group and Cox had to scrape together participants to put before TV cameras.