Skinheads accused in Obama plot to remain jailed - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Skinheads accused in Obama plot to remain jailed

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A magistrate in Memphis ordered two white supremacists accused of plotting to kill Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and dozens of other black people to remain in federal custody without bond Thursday while they await trial.

Defense lawyers for Daniel Cowart, 20, and Paul Schlesselman, 18, offered no arguments seeking bond for their clients and agreed to forgo a detention hearing.

At the lawyers' request, U.S. Magistrate Gerald Cohn delayed until Nov. 6 a hearing to determine if authorities have enough evidence to hold them for a grand jury review or trial.

Cowart and Schlesselman responded only with "yes" or "no" when asked if they understood they would remain in custody or had any objections to delaying the probable cause hearing.

Wearing orange jumpsuits and with their hands and feet in chains, Cowart and Schlesselman sat quietly at the defense table with three U.S. marshals standing behind them. Four other marshals were positioned elsewhere in the courtroom.

Authorities say the two plotted a killing spree that was to include 88 murders and culminate with a potential suicide attack on Obama. They allegedly told investigators they planned to drive at Obama at high speed while dressed in white tuxedoes and top hats and blasting with firearms from the windows of their vehicle.

 

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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