A white nationalist who was involved in the recent unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia was denied bond late Thursday, according to our affiliate WSET.
WSET reported that a general district judge originally set Christopher Cantwell's bond for $25,000 that morning, which the commwealth's attorney soon appealed.
Cantwell's bond appeal hearing then started about 3 p.m. local time in the Ablemarle Circuit Court, where it lasted several hours before a judge ultimately denied him bond.
The judge deemed Cantwell, 36, a flight risk and a threat to public safety, leaving him held in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail ahead of an Oct. 12 preliminary hearing.
Some Twitter users on Friday mocked Cantwell, who is facing three felony charges in relation to the turmoil in Charlottesville last month.
The Daily Progress reported that Cantwell faces two charges of illegal use of tear gas, phosgene or other gases and one count of malicious bodily injury by means of a caustic substance or agent.
Two people on Thursday testified to a magistrate that Cantwell used pepper spray on them during Aug. 11 clashes at the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville.
Cantwell in court reiterated that he acted in self-defense, a claim he also made in a teary video he released before his arrest last week.
The white nationalist also claimed on the stand that he is “a shock jock” when conducting his controversial “Radical Agenda” podcast.
“The purpose is to make money,” he said of his “radio personality” before eventually admitting he “do[es] a racist podcast.”
White nationalists congregated in Charlottesville last month to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee there.
The situation there ultimately turned violent when a car drove into a crowd of counter-protesters there, killing one person.
Two Virginia State troopers were also killed in a helicopter crash that authorities have linked to the turmoil there.
Cantwell has gained national infamy after the Charlottesville chaos due to his appearance in a Vice News documentary recorded during that fateful weekend.
Vice’s documentary depicted Cantwell and other white nationalists marching across UVA’s campus while chanting racially charged slogans and carrying torches.