Trial Begins For Ex-Aryan Nations Lawyer In Idaho - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Trial For Ex-Aryan Nations Lawyer In Idaho Delayed

Edgar Steele Edgar Steele
Larry Fairfax Larry Fairfax

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - The federal trial of a former Aryan Nations attorney accused of hiring a man to kill his wife and her mother is being delayed again and will be moved to Boise, Idaho.

Jury selection was scheduled to begin Monday in Edgar Steele's trial, and 70 potential jurors were called to the federal courthouse. But U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill decided to grant defense lawyers a delay so they'd have more time to prepare.

The trial will now start in April and will be moved to Boise, after Steele's attorneys complained about extensive local publicity. It is the third delay in the trial.

The 65-year-old Steele has pleaded innocent and contends he is the victim of a government conspiracy because of his unpopular views and writings. Cyndi Steele has said she also believes her husband is innocent.

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