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FBI widens death-threats probe, subpoenas Knoxville News Sentinel online records in effort to identify person who posted comment

Staff Report • Oct 27, 2009 at 12:00 AM

KNOXVILLE — The FBI has expanded its investigation of reported death threats against the attorneys for the alleged ringleader in the torture slayings of a Knox County couple.The News Sentinel was served Monday with a federal grand jury subpoena for information related to a comment posted in September on its Web site, knoxnews.com.On the advice of corporate counsel, the newspaper turned over the information late Monday to FBI Special Agent Gregg Harmon.

The comment in question was posted at 5:54 p.m. on Sept. 8. The comment was removed and the poster banned at 6:02 p.m. after a News Sentinel editor determined the comment violated Web site user guidelines.

Read the full report at the Knoxville News Sentinel's Web site.

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