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Two men charged with plotting to kill a presidential candidate

Daniel Cowart Daniel Cowart
Paul Schlesselman Paul Schlesselman

JACKSON, Tennessee (KHNL) - Federal prosecutors in Tennessee have charged two men with plotting to kill dozens of African Americans, including presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Investigators say 20-year-old Daniel Cowart and 18-year-old Paul Schlesselman are neo-nazis, who met on the internet a month ago.

Federal agents say the men had plotted to shoot or decapitate 88 African Americans, at an un-named high school.

Authorities say the suspects' final target was Barack Obama.

"The allegations set forth in this Criminal Complaint are serious and will be treated as such, " said Lawrence J. Laurenzi, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.  "The public can rest assured that federal, state, and local law enforcement are diligently working together to investigate and prosecute the alleged activity."

Police seized pistols, a shotgun, and a handgun from the suspects when they were arrested.

Cowart and Schlesselman are scheduled for a Detention Hearing on October 30 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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