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Delay granted in Obama plot case

October 31, 2008|Times Wire Reports

A federal magistrate in Memphis says two white supremacists accused of plotting to kill Barack Obama and dozens of other black people must remain in jail.

The magistrate granted a defense request to delay a hearing for Daniel Cowart, 20, and Paul Schlesselman, 18. Their lawyers want more time to prepare for a hearing on whether the case will be sent to a grand jury. The two are charged with possessing an illegal firearm, planning to steal weapons and threatening a presidential candidate.

Officials say they plotted a killing spree that would end with attacking Obama.

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