Bond denied for white nationalist after prosecutors appeal

2017-09-01 11:10
This undated photo provided by the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail shows Christopher Cantwell. (Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail via AP)

This undated photo provided by the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail shows Christopher Cantwell. (Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail via AP)

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Charlottesville - A judge has denied bond for white nationalist Christopher Cantwell, who faces felony charges in connection with a torch-lit rally at the University of Virginia.

TV station WVIR reported that the judge reversed a lower court's decision on Thursday that had set bond at $25 000.

The judge ruled Cantwell is a flight risk and his hate speech makes him a threat to others.

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Cantwell said he pepper-sprayed a counter-demonstrator in self-defence during an August 11 protest, a day before the much larger white nationalist rally.

Also on Thursday, Ku Klux Klan member Richard Wilson Preston jnr of Baltimore, who is charged with firing a gun during the rally, made an initial court appearance.

The station reports he appeared via video. Bond wasn't set because he doesn't have an attorney yet.

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