A West Virginia man accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama is asking to be released from jail pending trial, saying his father is dying and the government can't prove its case.
Ryan Kirker, 20, of McMechen, a small town near Wheeling, was arrested in May on federal charges of sending anonymous, curse-filled letters to the president and his family, saying he would kill them because he didn't like black people in the White House.
A federal magistrate ordered him detained as a danger to the community.
In a motion requesting release, Mr. Kirker said he did not write the letters and they were forged. He and his lawyer also argued that he should be let go because his father has cancer and has only months to live.