Accused skinheads to face magistrate at hearing

This undated photo obtained from a MySpace webpage shows Daniel Cowart, 20 of Bells, Tenn. holding a weapon. Federal agents have broken up a plot to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. and shoot or decapitate 102 black people in a Tennessee murder spree, the ATF said Monday Oct. 27, 2008. In court records unsealed Monday, federal agents said they disrupted plans to rob a gun store and target a predominantly African-American high school by two neo-Nazi skinheads. The men, Daniel Cowart, 20, of Bells, Tenn., and Paul Schlesselman 18, of West Helena, Ark., are being held without bond.  (AP Photo)  ** NO SALES ** ** AP provides access to this photo to be used only to illustrate news reporting or commentary on the facts or events surrounding the plot to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama and murder 102 black people in Tennessee.**

This undated photo obtained from a MySpace webpage shows Daniel Cowart, 20 of Bells, Tenn. holding a weapon. Federal agents have broken up a plot to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. and shoot or decapitate 102 black people in a Tennessee murder spree, the ATF said Monday Oct. 27, 2008. In court records unsealed Monday, federal agents said they disrupted plans to rob a gun store and target a predominantly African-American high school by two neo-Nazi skinheads. The men, Daniel Cowart, 20, of Bells, Tenn., and Paul Schlesselman 18, of West Helena, Ark., are being held without bond. (AP Photo) ** NO SALES ** ** AP provides access to this photo to be used only to illustrate news reporting or commentary on the facts or events surrounding the plot to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama and murder 102 black people in Tennessee.**

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal magistrate will decide if authorities can continue to hold two white supremacists accused of plotting to kill dozens of black people including Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

The two men are scheduled to go before a magistrate in Memphis on Thursday for a probable cause hearing. The magistrate will decide if authorities have enough evidence against the men to keep them behind bars.

Twenty-year-old Daniel Cowart and 18-year-old Paul Schlesselman are charged with possessing an illegal firearm, planning to steal weapons from a federally licensed gun dealer and making threats against a presidential candidate.

Authorities say the two were plotting a killing spree in which they would kill dozens of black people before attacking Obama.


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