Fairbanks murder plot defendant is denied bail

July 29, 2011 

FAIRBANKS -- A defendant in a Fairbanks murder conspiracy plot has been denied bail.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Bryan on Friday denied the request of Coleman Barney to be freed until his trial. Bryan largely based his decision on Coleman's testimony Thursday. The judge said Coleman "substantially admitted" to harboring co-defendant Schaeffer Cox in his home. Hindering prosecution is one of the 11 charges Coleman faces in state court.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the judge said Barney was "naive and likely to be manipulated by others into illegal acts."

Authorities have alleged Cox, Coleman and three others associated with the Peacemakers Militia were behind the plot to kill Alaska State Troopers, judges and court officials. All pleaded not guilty and have been in jail since their March 10 arrest.

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