An East Tennessee military retiree who tried to get a grand jury to indict President Barack Obama on charges of treason, has been arrested for failing to show up in court.
Jennifer Bledsoe with the Monroe County Sheriff's Department confirms Walter Fitzpatrick III, 58, of Sweetwater was taken into custody Wednesday.
Special Circuit Judge Jon Blackwood of Knoxville ordered the retired Navy lieutenant commander arrested and held without bond after he failed to attend an October 22 hearing. His trial is set for December 1.
Fitzpatrick was charged with disorderly conduct, inciting to riot, disrupting a meeting, and resisting arrest when he intruded on the grand jury meeting. He wanted them to indict President Barack Obama indicted as an impostor, because of questions about his American citizenship. Documents show the president was born in Hawaii.
Bledsoe says additional charges may be forthcoming in regards to events surrounding the arrest.
Fitzpatrick's case inspired a Georgia man, who says he headed to Madisonville, armed and prepared to take over the courthouse because he didn't want Fitzpatrick to stand trial. Darren Huff was arrested in May, and stands charged of traveling in interstate commerce with intent to incite a riot and transporting in commerce a firearm in furtherance of a civil disorder.