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In Alaska, militia members accused of murder plot

In Alaska, militia members accused of amassing weapons, plotting to kill government officials By The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) ' Schaeffer Cox carries himself with youthful swagger as he spreads a message to his many admirers of an out-of-control federal government bulldozing individual freedoms.

Federal prosecutors portray him quite differently: as a dangerous Alaska militia leader who with others amassed a huge cache of illegal weapons while plotting a strategy to one day kill judges, state troopers and other government officials.

The federal trial of Cox and two other Alaska men ' Coleman Barney and Lonnie Vernon 56 ' began last week and could last another month.

Defense attorneys plan to argue that the government badly overstepped its authority, ensnaring the men via an informant who encouraged weapons purchases and pushed for violence.

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