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Accused in killing UK lawmaker Jo Cox refuses to enter plea

Associated Press Associated Press 4/10/2016

LONDON — The man charged with murdering British lawmaker Jo Cox has refused to speak when asked to enter pleas in court.

Thomas Mair is accused of murdering 41-year-old Cox and assaulting an elderly man who was seriously injured. He also faces weapons charges.

He appeared at London's Central Criminal Court on Tuesday by video-link from prison, and stayed silent when asked how he intended to plead. Judge Alan Wilkie ordered that not-guilty pleas be entered on Mair's behalf to all charges.

Mair is due to stand trial Nov. 14.

At his first hearing, 53-year-old Mair gave his name as "death to traitors, freedom for Britain."

Cox, a Labour Party legislator, was shot and stabbed to death June 16 in her constituency of Birstall, 200 miles (320 kilometers), north of London.

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