WH shooter - assassination charge

2012-01-17 21:25

Washington - An Idaho man was formally indicted on Tuesday for attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama and on other criminal charges after he allegedly opened fire on the White House in November.

Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, 21, was named in a 17-count indictment that included charges of damaging the White House, illegal use of a firearm, assault with a dangerous weapon and interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition.

He previously had been charged in a criminal complaint with trying to kill the president when he allegedly fired on the executive mansion with a Romanian-made semi-automatic weapon on November 11. Obama was in California at the time and no one was injured.

According to the government's evidence, FBI investigators located several confirmed bullet marks on the south side of the White House on or above the second story residence area. Several bullets and fragments also were collected nearby, prosecutors said.

A grand jury indictment had been expected in the case and it represented the next step in the legal process. Ortega-Hernandez faces up to life in prison if convicted and his attorneys have argued that he is not guilty.

A doctor has determined that Ortega-Hernandez, who has referred to himself as a modern day Jesus Christ, was mentally competent to stand trial. He was arrested and has been held in custody since shortly after the shooting.

  • Rever - 2012-01-17 22:25

    Ortega-Hernandez is satan in flesh and blood.Using the name of Jesus christ to justify insanity and diabolical behaviour is pathetic to say the least. Society does not need such individuals roaming the streets. Put him to jail for life.

  • GrootWitHaai - 2012-01-17 22:28

    If they don't put the madman away soon he will eventually kill someone. Logical.

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