Florida man arrested over threats to Trayvon Martin police chief


Sanford Police Department Chief Bill Lee (L) speaks while announcing he will temporarily step down in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing as Sanford city manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. (R) stands by on March 22, 2012, in Sanford, Fla.


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A Florida man has been charged with threatening the police chief who had been overseeing the investigation into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch captain.

John Carnduff Stewart of Melbourne Beach emailed Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee late this week, saying Lee and his family should be killed, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office told The Associated Press.

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The email read, in part: "You [expletive] son of a bitch. You and your family deserve to be hunted down and shot like a dog, just like Trayvon Martin. I have more weapons than your entire police department and would love to use some of them just to take you down," Orlando TV station WFTV reported.

Stewart went on to include his full name, home address and telephone number, according to WFTV.

He admitted to sending the email to Lee when he was arrested, investigators told WFTV.

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The sheriff's office told the AP that Stewart has sent threatening emails previously, including threats to Penn State University assistant football coach Mike McQueary.

Stewart was placed on electronic monitoring as a condition of his $10,000 bond, according to AP.

Lee temporarily stepped down as chief amid national outrage over the investigation in the 17-year-old's shooting death. The neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, has not been charged in the case, the Christian Science Monitor reported.


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