NC man charged, accused of threatening Obama

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina man has been formally indicted on a charge that he threatened to shoot Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said Friday that 48-year-old Jerry M. Blanchard has been charged with knowingly and willfully threatening to kill, kidnap and inflict bodily harm upon a major candidate for president.

Blanchard was arrested Aug. 1 after witnesses told federal authorities they overheard him threatening to assassinate Obama in July. One said Blanchard said he planned to purchase a pistol.

According to a federal affidavit, there was no proof Blanchard tried to carry out the threats.

Blanchard has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. A message seeking comment was left with his lawyer.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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