By The Associated Press
4:29 PM AKDT, April 15, 2011
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A judge has delayed for nine months the trial dates of three Fairbanks-area defendants accused of illegally stockpiling weapons as part of a murder conspiracy.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Schaeffer Cox, Coleman Barney and Lonnie Vernon are scheduled to face federal weapons charges at trial Feb. 6. The date was rescheduled at a hearing Thursday.
U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Bryan said in a court order that holding the trial as originally scheduled May 23 likely would result in a miscarriage of justice in such a complex case.
The weapons charges are tied to a larger conspiracy that prosecutors say involved plans to kill or kidnap state judges and Alaska State Troopers, along with a plot to kill a federal judge and tax agent.
--- Information from: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com
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