• Alaska Dispatch
A recent ruling by an Alaska Superior Court judge to nix more than 100 hours of surveillance recordings sounded the death knell for the state case against the five members of the "241" murder conspiracy plot.
On Friday, state prosecutors dropped all charges, which included the more serious charges of conspiracy to kidnap and murder. It’s a huge win for those caught up in the probe, but one that only means freedom for one of the co-defendants, Michael Anderson.
"With the suppression of the recordings, the state prosecution of these individuals is no longer possible," the Alaska Department of Law explained in a prepared statement.
Alaska Peacemakers Militia leader Schaeffer Cox and associates Coleman Barney, Lonnie Vernon and Karen Vernon still face federal weapons charges and will remain in jail.
For reasons unclear, state charges were also dropped against Ken Thesing, a sixth Cox associate. Thesing was not charged in the murder conspiracy and faced only minor state charges
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