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Man ruled competent to stand trial in Obama threat

Apr 1, 2011 2:06:00 PM - thestate.com
A federal judge has ruled that a 78-year-old South Carolina man is competent to stand trial on a charge of threatening to kill President Barack Obama.

Court documents show U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin McDonald made the ruling Thursday for Michael Stephen Bowden.

No trial date has been set for Bowden, who was arrested in November after he told a nurse at a Veterans Affairs clinic in Spartanburg he was thinking of killing the president. During a Nov. 16 checkup, a nurse asked Bowden if he ever thought about killing himself.

According to a sworn affidavit by a U.S. Secret Service agent, Bowden told the nurse, "Yes, I would like to shoot the president, then myself."

Bowden then repeated the threat to another nurse, adding that he wanted to kill Obama because he was not doing enough to help African-Americans, agents said.

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