FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) An Alaska man convicted in a militia murder conspiracy case wants his upcoming trial in a second conspiracy case moved to Washington state.
Lonnie Vernon of Salcha cites extensive negative publicity in Alaska as grounds for moving the trial outside the state.
Vernon was convicted in June along with Fairbanks militia leader Schaeffer Cox in the "241" murder conspiracy case.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/B6RZDp ) says Vernon is scheduled to go on trial next month in Anchorage in a case accusing him of threating to kill an Internal Revenue Service agent and U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline, who presided over a tax case against Vernon and his wife, Karen Vernon.
Authorities say the couple failed to pay taxes for several years and owed about $180,000 in taxes, interest and penalties.