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Obama effigy case heads to grand jury

A grand jury will hear the case against two men accused of hanging an effigy of President-elect Barack Obama.

A Fayette District Court preliminary hearing was scheduled Monday morning for Joe Fischer, 22, and Hunter Bush, 21. However, their attorney, Fred Peters, said they waived their rights to the hearing, letting the case go to the grand jury to consider possible charges.

In exchange, prosecutors agreed to give Peters access to the entire University of Kentucky Police investigative report, he said.

In late October, Fischer, a University of Kentucky senior, and Bush were arrested after an effigy of the then-Democratic presidential nominee was found hanging from a tree over a walkway on the University of Kentucky campus. The two men were charged with disorderly conduct and burglary for allegedly taking items from a fraternity house to make the effigy.

Fischer and Bush gave statements to campus police admitting guilt, court records stated.

Campus leaders and the governor condemned the act, and a campus vigil was held.