Government rests case in courthouse takeover trial

AP News
Posted: Oct 20, 2011 5:19 AM
Government rests case in courthouse takeover trial

Prosecutors have rested their case against a man who says he was part of a Georgia militia and had plans to take over an East Tennessee courthouse.

On Wednesday, an FBI agent testified at a federal trial that Darren Wesley Huff told him about his plans a day before traveling with guns to make citizens' arrests at the courthouse.

FBI agent Charles Reed testified in the second day of the trial in Knoxville that Huff wasn't arrested until 10 days after a tense April 20, 2010, drama among law officers and about 15 supporters of a plan to take over the Monroe County Courthouse.

Huff encountered heavy police presence in Madisonville and drove away. Officers testified Wednesday that Huff wasn't arrested that day to avoid any violence.