Man charged in threat to Muslim candidate is due in court

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man is in court to face a charge of tweeting a threat to lynch a Muslim-American candidate for a state Senate seat in Virginia.

FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch says 52-year-old Joseph Cecil Vandevere turned himself in to agents Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Asheville, North Carolina.

He was expected to make his initial court appearance later Wednesday after being indicted on a count of interstate communication of a threat to injure a person.

Virginia state Senate candidate Qasim Rashid posted a screenshot of the threatening tweet in March 2018 and reported it to the FBI. The tweet included a picture of a lynching and read, “VIEW YOUR DESTINY.”

Twitter suspended the account and the FBI allegedly identified Vandevere as the tweeter.

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