Prosecutors ask court to revoke white nationalist's bail

Published: Jul. 19, 2018 at 11:29 AM EDT
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Prosecutors are asking a Virginia court to revoke bail for a white supremacist they say violated the terms of his release.

CBS19 reported Wednesday that Albemarle Commonwealth's Attorney Robert Tracci entered a motion this month to revoke 27-year-old Christopher Cantwell's bail agreement.

Cantwell is accused of spraying counterprotesters with mace or pepper spray the day before the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last August. On August 11, white nationalists gathered on the campus of the University of Virginia.

He's charged with illegal use of the gas. He was granted the ability to post bail in December, and was released with an electronic monitor and a requirement to stay in Virginia until his trial.

Cantwell is also forbidden to speak about his accusers.

However, Tracci says Cantwell named a victim online and on a radio show, violating his release conditions.

They also say Cantwell has “continued to engage in online communication intended to harass and potentially intimidate victims.”

Tracci's motion requests that the bail agreement be modified to prevent future harassment if it's not revoked outright.

Cantwell's trial is scheduled for Aug. 13, the Monday after the one-year anniversary of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville that he also participated in.

Over the phone, Cantwell's attorney, Elmer Woodard, declined to say whether or not Cantwell will turn himself in to authorities.