Saturday, January 16, 2016

1999 -- Duke's daughter testifies in supremacist trial

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Prosecution witnesses Thursday, including the daughter of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, linked Chevie Kehoe and Danny Lee to white supremacism and crimes the government says the two men had a hand in.
Chevie Kehoe, 26, of Colville, Wash., and Danny Lee, 26, of Yukon, Okla., are accused of murder, conspiracy and racketeering. Federal prosecutors say the two planned to set up a whites-only Aryan Peoples Republic in the Pacific Northwest and perpetuate their republic through polygamy.
The trial is in its fifth week, and Kehoe's brother and parents are expected to testify against him later this month.
The government says the two men are linked to other crimes, including an April 29, 1996, bombing of the Spokane, Wash., City Hall; Feb. 15, 1997, shootouts with Ohio police; gun trafficking that supplied bank robbers in the Midwest; and the murders of several people, including an Arkansas family that authorities say was stunned with electrical devices, suffocated and thrown into a bayou.
Thursday, Kristin Duke of West Palm Beach, Fla., said she was at a party in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and met Lee and Jon Cox. She said the two men were shirtless and had very short hair and Lee had a black hat with the word "skinhead" on it.
Kristin Duke's father, David Duke, is a former Louisiana legislator and is running as a Republican this year for the congressional seat vacated by former Rep. Bob Livingston, R-La. Duke ran the National Association for the Advancement of White People.
An Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agent testified that in a search of Lee's mother's home, where Lee was living, the agent recovered some unusual drawings and one that linked Lee to Cox, whom prosecutors say was murdered in 1996, although his body has never been found.
Glen Jordan said the drawings found in a search of the Yukon residence included one of a devil with a woman on a chain signed with the name "Jon Cox"; one of an individual with a handgun to the head of another person; one of a futuristic battle scene; and another of a person in an urban setting with the words "Jon was here."
In other testimony, David Lynch of Citrus Heights, Calif., said that he was a former skinhead and said Cox came to visit him in June 1996. While there, Cox received a telephone call from Lee, said Lynch. Cox left the next day for Spokane using an Amtrak ticket prepaid by Lee, Lynch said.
Rochelle Ezzi of Fort Pierce, Fla., Cox' former girlfriend, said photo albums recovered in a search of Lee's home were Cox's most precious possessions and he would not have parted with them.
Michael Barnes, a former officer for the Bonner County, Idaho, Sheriff's Department, testified that in responding to a gunfire complaint in July 1995, he found Kehoe shooting guns in a national forest. Barnes said he told Kehoe he couldn't take target practice in the forest. He said Kehoe had seven or eight guns, but all the guns were owned legally.
Sue Alton of Priest River, Idaho, a bartender at the Falls Inn, said that in the summer of 1996, Lee frequented the bar and said he was visiting a friend in the area whom he called "Bud." "Bud" is Kehoe's nickname.
Jennifer Siria of Spokane, Wash., said she knew Kehoe and Lee and visited Lee in the summer of 1996 at his trailer at the Shadows Hotel and RV Park. Siria identified stun guns she was shown as ones that Lee had played with at the trailer.

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