Federal agent: Man said he would kill Obama with slingshot
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Secret Service agent has testified that a Wisconsin man charged with threatening to kill President Barack Obama said he planned to carry out an assassination with a slingshot.
Secret Service Special Agent Jeffrey Ferris testified Thursday at a detention hearing for 55-year-old Brian Dutcher of Tomah. He says Dutcher made the statement in an interview after being detained.
Prosecutors say Dutcher traveled to La Crosse, where Obama was scheduled to make a speech earlier this month. An affidavit says Dutcher told a library security guard he would "take (Obama) out" if he got the chance.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports defense attorney Joseph Bugni asked that Dutcher be released to a friend. But Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker ruled Dutcher was a danger and a flight risk and ordered that he remain in custody pending a trial.