FBI: SC man facing explosives charge had ‘prophetic destiny to kill or harm the president’

FBI: SC man facing explosives charge had ‘prophetic destiny to kill or harm the president’
David Halsey, 58, was arrested by South Carolina Law Enforcement agents on Sunday. (Source: Pickens Co. Sheriff's Office via WYFF)

GREENVILLE, S.C. (WYFF) - An Upstate man whose home was searched by FBI agents over the weekend said he had a “prophetic destiny to kill or harm the president”, according to testimony made in federal court on Thursday.

David Halsey, 58, was arrested by South Carolina Law Enforcement agents on Sunday.

A warrant said that on or around Nov. 2 Halsey had a known improvised explosive which had been configured to cause damage, injury or death.

He was charged with possessing, manufacturing or transporting a destructive device or explosive for damage, injury or death.

Testimony revealed that agents from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division informed the FBI that Halsey could possess explosives and was making threatening comments.

An FBI agent testified that Halsey told confidential informants that it was his prophetic destiny to kill or harm the president.

It was not said which president Halsey was referring to.

During a court hearing Thursday the FBI agent testified that confidential informants observed Halsey firing grenade launchers from his rifle in his backyard at his home on Boxwood Lane, where FBI agents were seen on Sunday.

FBI agents at the suspect's home in the Upstate.
FBI agents at the suspect's home in the Upstate. (Source: WYFF)

The FBI said Halsey’s laptop had pictures and videos of rifles and grenade launchers as well.

During the hearing, it was said that two confidential informants who were investigating Halsey asked him about making explosives and Halsey told them he could make them to sell, but wanted half the money up front. These conversations happened between Dec. 14 and Dec. 17, agents said.

Agents said Halsey was going to sell the grenades for $500 each.

According to testimony, Halsey told the informants he lived at the home on Boxwood Lane and stored his materials to make the grenades at a home on Henry Street, which was also searched on Sunday.

Investigators said they watched Halsey go to the Henry Street home and come out with multiple bags.

During investigation, FBI agents said they found explosive chemicals, supplies to make explosives and “everything he possibly needed to make these grenades.”

Halsey said in court that he had been involved with explosives since he was a teenager.

An FBI agent testified Halsey was cooperative with the FBI.

He also testified that Halsey was convicted of manslaughter in 1991 in California.

Halsey is being held at the Pickens County Detention Center pending a trial.

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