Doggart Trial: Jury hears last phone calls leading up to arrest

Robert Doggart arrives on July 13, 2015, at the back entrance of the Joel Solomon Federal Building in Chattanooga, Tenn.
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When it came to discussing the destruction of Islamberg, Robert Doggart talked a big game on the phone. But his tone started to change the night before he was arrested in April 2015, prosecutors said Thursday.

"I'd rather have us not be the instigator of this, unless we have absolute intelligence of the threat," Doggart, 65, told an acquaintance of his idea to burn down the mosque in the Muslim community near Hancock, N.Y.

It was just past 11 p.m. at his home on Signal Mountain in Sequatchie County, Tenn. And for at least the third time on April 9, 2015, Doggart was extolling his fear that the residents of Islamberg were either going to poison