MEMPHIS — Two young white supremacists have pleaded not guilty in Memphis in an alleged plot to kill President-elect Barack Obama and dozens of other black people.
Twenty-year-old Daniel Cowart and 18-year-old Paul Schlesselman spoke only to utter their pleas this morning.
They’re charged with threatening a presidential candidate, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, planning to rob a gun dealer and taking firearms across state lines.
The seven-count indictment says a plot for a killing spree targeting black people was hatched by Cowart and Schlesselman sometime between Sept. 1 and Oct. 22.
Their arrests were made public Oct. 27 when prosecutors filed charges that contained essentially the same accusations as those in the indictment.