2 skinheads indicted in alleged plot against Obama - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

2 skinheads indicted in alleged plot against Obama

20-year-old Daniel Cowart and 18-year-old Paul Schlesselman 20-year-old Daniel Cowart and 18-year-old Paul Schlesselman

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Two white supremacists accused of plotting to kill President-elect Barack Obama have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Memphis.

Click here to read the indictment.

Charged Wednesday were 20-year-old Daniel Cowart and 18-year-old Paul Schlesselman. They face accusations of possessing a sawed-off shotgun, planning to rob a licensed gun dealer and threatening a presidential candidate.

The two were arrested late last month and are in federal custody without bond. The allegations against them were made public on Oct. 27. 

Authorities say they were plotting to shoot Obama and kill dozens of other black people.

Court records indicate that Cowart and Schlesselman came up with the plot on their own and it fell apart quickly. They were arrested in northwest Tennessee after an acquaintance told sheriff's deputies they had shot out the windows of a rural black church. No one was injured as a result of the plot.

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