Larry Fairfax, the main witness in the Edgar Steele murder-for-hire trial, plans to write a book based on the case called “An Act of Defiance: Built on Lies and Deceit by the FBI.”
Daryl Hollingsworth, who met Fairfax and Steele in the Bonner County Jail, testified this morning that he was asked by Fairfax to design the cover and include a “picture of Larry Fairfax's logging truck running over an Aryan Nations member.” Steele was a lawyer for the Aryan Nations in a 2000 lawsuit that bankrupted the racist group.
Holllingsworth said he also was asked to include a picture of an FBI agent stabbing Fairfax in the back.
Fairfax told defense lawyer Robert McAllister the “defiant act” referred to in the title as him “going against Edgar Steele and turning him in.”
In his notes, Fairfax said he plans to call the book fiction.
Fairfax writes about how he became a victim in the case and that the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office “screwed me over” by charging him with two federal firearms felonies related to the device.
McAllister asked Fairfax if he designed the book so that he would be the hero, but Fairfax said that wasn't the case.
“You actually describe yourself as the victim,” McAllister said. “You make statements about how you should not be in jail, and you make statements about how you're gong to save the life of Cyndi Steele.”
McAllister pointed out that Fairfax told the FBI of the device only after it was discovered, and that he “never made any effort to take it off” Cyndi Steele's car.
Fairfax also described in the notes how the explosive device “never would have worked.”
He also writes that him being in jail is a “waste of an innocent life.”
Court is on a break. It's not yet known if Edgar Steele will testify. Cyndi Steele met with him and was extremely emotional afterward. Steele's supporters held a prayer circle before returning to the courtroom.