Friendless Facebooker defends threats over social media

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) -- A man who had no Facebook friends is making an unusual argument as he defends himself from charges of threatening police officers in Grand Junction. He says his threats shouldn't be a crime because no one saw them.

Thirty-two-year-old Kenneth Royal Wheeler is charged with making interstate threatening communications after a tipster alerted police a posting on his Facebook page. It included a plea for people in Grand Junction to "kill cops" and "drown them in the blood of thier (sic) children."

The Denver Post reports that Wheeler's lawyer told a judge Thursday that Wheeler had eliminated everyone he friended on Facebook. The lawyer wanted the judge to suppress evidence from Wheeler's Facebook page.

U.S. District Judge William J. Martinez denied the request. Wheeler now has 20 Facebook friends.

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