Man accused of making Obama threat

Aug. 10, 2008 at 4:18 PM
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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- A North Carolina accountant faces federal charges of threatening to kill likely Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, officials said.

Jerry Blanchard of Indian Trail allegedly described a plan before two witnesses at a Charlotte restaurant July 15 to buy a handgun, rifle and laser scope. According to court documents he allegedly called the Illinois senator the "anti-Christ," reported WCNC-TV Sunday. Secret Service agents were contacted two weeks later when another witness alleged Blanchard made similar threats at a local hotel.

Blanchard has denied making any of the statements, according to his attorney, who said that his client has suffered a concussion from a fall and been ordered by a judge to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

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