White nationalist Christoper Cantwell appears in Albemarle courtroom
Christopher Cantwell, the white nationalist featured in the viral VICE News report on the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, appeared via video in Albemarle County General District Court on Thursday morning.
Cantwell is facing felony charges for the illegal use of tear gas and for malicious bodily injury. The charges stem from the torch march on the grounds of the University of Virginia the night of August 11.
Police say he pepper-sprayed a demonstrator in self-defense on the campus that night.
Cantwell turned himself in Wednesday in Lynchburg after a warrant was issued for his arrest on Tuesday.
He's from Keene, New Hampshire, and is being being held at a regional jail in Lynchburg pending transport to Charlottesville.
On Thursday, a judge did not set bond for Cantwell, pending a bond review.
Cantwell, who said he has hired a lawyer, will be back in court on October 12.
Contacted Tuesday by The Associated Press, Cantwell acknowledged he had pepper-sprayed a counter demonstrator during an Aug. 11 protest, a day before a deadly demonstration in Charlottesville. He insisted he was defending himself, saying he did it "because my only other option was knocking out his teeth." He said he looked forward to his day in court.