Testimony to resume in smoke shop raid trial

Providence, Rhode Island (AP) 4-08

Testimony resumed in the trial of seven Narragansett arrested during a 2003 state police raid on a tribal smoke shop.

Defense lawyers began calling witnesses during late March after an unsuccessful attempt to get all charges dropped midway through the trial. The trial continues during the last week of March in Providence Superior Court.

The seven Narragansetts are accused of resisting arrest or scuffling with state police officers who raided the shop in July 2003 to stop it from selling tax-free cigarettes.

The trial opened during February, with state police officers detailing their skirmishes with tribe members.

Prosecutors rested their case last week. Among the expected defense witnesses is Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas, who’ll take the stand sometime this week.