Alaska Militia Trial Opens With Former Defendant as Key Witness
The Justice Department has cut a deal with a former member of the Alaska Peacemaker Militia to bolster its case against the group’s leader Schaeffer Cox and two others on trial in U.S. District Court in Anchorage.
Michael O. Anderson, who was arrested with Cox and co-defendants Lonnie Vernon and Coleman Barney in March 2011, will testify for the prosecution, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Tuesday as opening arguments were heard.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Yvonne Lamoureux said Anderson will testify about how he conducted surveillance on law enforcement officers targeted in an alleged militia plot to murder government employees.
Anderson is among 70 people on the list of government witnesses expected to testify during the trial as prosecutors attempt to introduce some 700 pieces of evidence. The jury trial is expected to last four to six weeks.