Judge makes ruling for Ozark man in case of Obama threat - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Judge makes ruling for Ozark man in case of Obama threat

Deryke Matthew Pfeifer (Source: Dale Co. Jail) Deryke Matthew Pfeifer (Source: Dale Co. Jail)

A judge has ruled that Deryke Matthew Pfeifer, of Ozark, is mentally incompetent to stand trial on charges of threatening the President of the United State's life.

Judge Myron Thompson did however rule that authorities can hold Pfeifer for as long as four months to determine whether he can regain his sanity.

Pfeifer was arrested in July after allegedly making threats against President Barack Obama.

The office of U.S. Attorney George Beck, Jr. says Pfeifer is charged with one count that states he "did knowingly and willfully make a threat to take the life of, to kidnap, and to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States of America, specifically threatening to kill President Barack Obama."

The threat is said to have occurred in Dale County around July 2.

Federal prosecutors have requested mental competency examinations, but it was not immediately known if that request had been granted.

The Associated Press reports that Pfeifer is accused of making phone calls to the Federal Protective Service and using Facebook to threaten the president. The AP cited court documents that Pfeifer posted one threatening video holding a Glock pistol, and a Glock was later found at his residence.

Secret Service agent Marcus Shumack filed an affidavit saying that Pfeiffer told him in an interview that God was going to destroy the president and everything around him.

The Secret Service, which is responsible for protection of the president, investigates hundreds, if not thousands, of threats each year. Threats against the president are a class D felony.

This is not the first threat in Alabama to gain the attention of the agency. A Birmingham man was found guilty of threatening President Obama's life through a series of tweets in 2012. That man, 26-year-old Jarvis Britton was sentenced to a year in prison.

The case against Pfeifer is being handled by the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Alabama.

The director of the Federal Defenders Office in Montgomery, Christine Freeman, calls it a complicated case, but says more about Pfeiffer's status will come out at court hearing Wednesday.

Copyright 2014 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • PSC: Kemper story nearing the end

    PSC: Kemper story nearing the end

    Thursday, July 27 2017 11:54 AM EDT2017-07-27 15:54:14 GMT
    The view 240 feet above Mississippi Power's 3,000-acre investment gives you a glimpse at what six years and more than $7.5 billion have produced. (Photo source: WLOX)The view 240 feet above Mississippi Power's 3,000-acre investment gives you a glimpse at what six years and more than $7.5 billion have produced. (Photo source: WLOX)

    Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Cecil Brown spoke Thursday morning at the Neshoba County Fair. And a portion of his remarks focused on the Kemper County lignite plant roughly 30 miles from the fairgrounds. "The Kemper story is not over," the commissioner said, "but one way or another it is nearing the end." Brown used part of his speech to explain the latest developments between his agency and Mississippi Power regarding its $7.5 billion plant.

    More >>

    Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Cecil Brown spoke Thursday morning at the Neshoba County Fair. And a portion of his remarks focused on the Kemper County lignite plant roughly 30 miles from the fairgrounds. "The Kemper story is not over," the commissioner said, "but one way or another it is nearing the end." Brown used part of his speech to explain the latest developments between his agency and Mississippi Power regarding its $7.5 billion plant.

    More >>
  • Gaming commission rejects proposal for Biloxi casino site

    Gaming commission rejects proposal for Biloxi casino site

    Thursday, July 27 2017 11:07 AM EDT2017-07-27 15:07:16 GMT
    Mississippi Gaming Commission (Photo source: WLOX)Mississippi Gaming Commission (Photo source: WLOX)

    The Mississippi Gaming Commission has again rejected a casino site proposal from RW Development.

    More >>

    The Mississippi Gaming Commission has again rejected a casino site proposal from RW Development.

    More >>
  • Jury to hear more evidence before deciding life or death for Scotty Street

    Jury to hear more evidence before deciding life or death for Scotty Street

    Thursday, July 27 2017 8:05 AM EDT2017-07-27 12:05:33 GMT
    Scotty Lakeith Street (Photo source: D'Iberville Police Dept.)Scotty Lakeith Street (Photo source: D'Iberville Police Dept.)

    A Jackson County jury has found Scotty Street guilty of capital murder in the 2014 stabbing death of Frankie Fairley.

    More >>

    A Jackson County jury will hear a second day of evidence before heading back to a conference room and determining whether Scotty Street should receive the death penalty. That jury found Street guilty of capital murder in the 2014 stabbing death of Frankie Fairley, the retired special education teacher from Hurley.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly