- Associated Press - Friday, July 10, 2015

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 (https://bit.ly/1grj1b6 ) 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.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, https://www.madison.com/wsj


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