3 02-28-88 09:51 pcs Testimony set to resume in supremacists' trial. FORT SMITH, Ark. (UPI
3 02-28-88 09:51 pcs Testimony set to resume in supremacists'
FORT SMITH, Ark. (UPI) _ A former member of the
religious-paramilitary group known as The Covenant, the Sword and
the Arm of the Lord is testifying against 14 members of the group
accused of plotting to assassinate a federal judge and FBI
Mike Morris testified that he quit the CSA when leader James
Ellison warned that there would come a time when no one would be
allowed to leave because of their knowledge of the CSA's
Ellison, who is the government's key witness, last week gave
testimony linking five defendants to an aborted assassination
attempt against a federal judge and an FBI agent.
Morris, who began his testimony Friday, was expected to return
to the stand Monday for cross-examination.
Fourteen white supremacists have been on trial for three
weeks, 10 of them accused of seditious conspiracy to overthrow
the federal government and five accused of plotting to kill U.S.
District Judge Franklin Waters and FBI agent Jack Knox. Two are
also accused of interstate transportation of stolen money.
Waters testified briefly Friday about a trial he presided over
for supporters of tax protester Gordon Kahl, who was killed in a
1983 shootout with authorities near Smithville, Ark.
Knox was the lead investigator in that case.
Kahl was killed while being sought in the February 1983
shooting deaths of two federal marshals in North Dakota. Kahl
had been a member of Posse Comitatus, a paramilitary group that
opposed individual income tax and rejected federal authority.
Waters testified Friday that he did not recognize any of the
defendants charged with conspiring to kill him and Knox and could
not be sure if any ever appeared in his court.
Accused in the assassination scheme are Kahl supporters
William Wade, 68; his son, Ivan Raymond Wade, 35, of Smithville,
Ark.; Lambert Miller, 47, of Springfield, Mo.; David M. McGurie,
25, of Greenville, Ill., and Richard W. Snell, 57, of Muse, Okla.
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