Activist on trial wants more time for 'necessity' defense

DAPL protesters come face to face with the Police on highway 1806, North Dakota, Photo Date: November 1, 2016 (Rob Wilson Photography/Facebook/MGN)

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - Trial likely will be delayed for an Native American activist accused of inciting a riot during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access pipeline.

Attorneys for Chase Iron Eyes said Friday they want to gather more evidence for their effort to present a "necessity" defense - arguing a crime was justified because it prevented a greater harm.

Part of Iron Eyes' argument is he was trying to prevent a "civil rights conspiracy" to portray pipeline opponents as terrorists. His defense team wants more information on the peacekeeping efforts of law enforcement and pipeline private security.

Iron Eye's Feb. 8 trial is likely to be delayed until next summer and likely lengthened to several days. Judge David Nelson called Iron Eyes "one of the premier cases" of the pipeline protest.