Couple accused in murder plot to change pleas

Aug 27, 2012 -- 10:38am


- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska couple accused of plotting to kill an Internal Revenue Service agent and the federal judge who presided over their tax case is headed back to court Monday to change their pleas. In their tax case, Lonnie and Karen Vernon of Salcha argued unsuccessfully that the IRS has no authority over them, but it was decided they owed $180,000. Lonnie Vernon was a foot soldier in the Fairbanks militia group headed by Schaeffer Cox. Both Vernon and Cox were convicted earlier this year in a separate murder conspiracy plot. The couple claimed they could not get a fair trial because of publicity surrounding the first trial. That argument was rejected. The Vernons are expected Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Anchorage.

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