Courthouse takeover defendant is tearful

photo In an Oct. 4, 2011 photo, Georgia militia supporter Darren Huff, 41, of Dallas, Ga., leaves the federal courthouse in Knoxville, Tenn. Huff goes on trial Tuesday Oct. 18, 2011 on weapons charges stemming from a bizarre plan to take over a rural East Tennessee courthouse and serve a citizens' arrest warrant that named local judges and officials. (AP Photo/Bill Poovey)

By Bill Poovey, The Associated Press

KNOXVILLE - A former Georgia militia member testified Friday at his trial in a bizarre attempted courthouse takeover case, fighting back tears and saying "my government has called me a potential domestic terrorist."

Prosecutors contend Darren Wesley Huff, of Dallas, Ga., drove to East Tennessee with a handgun and an AK-47 on April 20, 2010, after threatening to use force and to sacrifice his life if necessary to take over the city of Madisonville and the Monroe County Courthouse.