Jurors Hear Secret Conversations At Militia Trial

Jurors in the trial of Fairbanks militia leader Schaeffer Cox have heard secret conversations with a man who infiltrated the group.

The Anchorage Daily News says jurors heard conversations Monday about a planning session for Cox’s security in 2010 at a television interview in North Pole. In the recorded conversation, Cox told a squad of paramilitary volunteers to be ready to shoot to kill.

Cox told his men that he, his wife and child had been targeted by a six-man federal hit squad that had arrived in Alaska from a base in Aurora, Colo. The conversation was recorded at a meeting a Cox’s home by an FBI informant who infiltrated the Alaska Peacemaker Militia.

Cox and two others are charged with plotting to kill government employees and weapons charges.