GOP CONVENTION TRIAL
FBI informant says he tried to stop Austinite from using explosives
Government's star witness testifies against Austinite accused of possessing Molotov cocktails at Republican convention.
By David Hanners
ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS — A radical-turned-FBI-informant testified Wednesday that he tried to talk an Austinite out of using explosive devices against police and law enforcement officials at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., in September.
Brandon Darby is the government's star witness against David Guy McKay, 23, who is on trial in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. McKay is accused of making and possessing eight Molotov cocktails during the convention.
McKay was a member of a loose-knit group of activists based in Austin; Darby infiltrated the group at the FBI's request.
Defense attorney Jeffrey DeGree said McKay was entrapped and built the firebombs only because he was under the influence of the older and more-experienced Darby, who had gained a national reputation in activist circles for seeking relief money for victims of Hurricane Katrina from the government of Venezuelan President Hugo Ch?vez.