Courthouse takeover trial starts in Knoxville

BILL POOVEY, Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Jurors at the federal weapons trial of a Georgia militia supporter charged with traveling into Tennessee with an AK-47 and handgun to make citizens' arrests of judges and law officers found out quickly Tuesday from his attorney what to expect: "Downright kooky."

Court records show Darren Wesley Huff, 41, of Dallas, Ga., traveled in April 2010 to the Monroe County Courthouse for what he said was a plan to take it over, and if necessary use force to do so, in support of serving a citizens' arrest warrant that also named President Barack Obama.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Will Mackie said Huff and others were involved in a takeover plan that stemmed from their support of a local activist's earlier unsuccessful attempt to arrest the Monroe County grand jury foreman.

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