Man charged with making racist threats seeks new trial date

Daniel McMahon, 31, of Brandon, Florida, was indicted in Virginia on charges that include bias-motivated interference with a candidate for elective office. McMahon was arrested near Tampa, Florida, after his indictment was unsealed, according to Justice Department spokeswoman Kelly Laco. (Source: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office)
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A white man charged with making racist threats against a black activist in Virginia is asking a federal judge to postpone his trial.

In a court filing Monday, an attorney for Daniel McMahon, of Brandon, Florida, requests more time to prepare for a jury trial currently scheduled to start Dec. 23 at the federal courthouse in Charlottesville. McMahon’s lawyer is seeking a new trial date in June 2020.

McMahon was charged in August with posting social media messages to intimidate activist Don Gathers and interfere with Gathers’ plans to run for a seat on Charlottesville's city council. An indictment says McMahon expressed white supremacist views on his social media accounts.

McMahon, who remains held in custody, pleaded not guilty to charges including bias-motivated interference with a candidate for elective office.