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Prosecutors appeal bond decision for white nationalist Christopher Cantwell

Christopher Cantwell, a white nationalist anti-Semitic, Alt-Right Writer, Media Producer...
Christopher Cantwell, a white nationalist anti-Semitic, Alt-Right Writer, Media Producer & Public Speaker(WHSV)
Published: Aug. 31, 2017 at 3:15 PM EDT
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Prosecutors are appealing a judge's bond decision for white nationalist Christopher Cantwell, who faces felony charges in connection with releasing tear gas a torch-lit rally at the University of Virginia.

He appeared in an Albemarle County court on Thursday morning, where a judge set bond at $25,000.

Prosecutors are appealing, and a hearing is set for 3 p.m.

Cantwell has told The Associated Press that he pepper-sprayed a counter-demonstrator in self-defense during an Aug. 11 protest on campus, a day before the much larger white nationalist rally.

The torch rally took place on the University of Virginia Grounds the night before the Unite the Right rally was scheduled to occur in Emancipation Park.

Also Thursday, a Ku Klux Klan member charged with firing a gun during the rally made an initial court appearance.

Richard Wilson Preston Jr. of Baltimore appeared via video conference. He was extradited to Charlottesville earlier this week after being arrested in Baltimore over the weekend.

Bond wasn't set because he doesn't have an attorney yet. Another hearing is scheduled for October.