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Suspected UNC 'Pit' Attacker Pleads Not Guilty

Posted January 24, 2007

— A man accused of driving a sport utility vehicle into a crowd of people at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in March last year pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

Mohammed Taheri-azar is charged with nine counts of attempted first-degree murder and nine counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill in connection with the March 4 incident. If convicted, he could face up to 100 years in prison.

Taheri-azar said he drove through "The Pit," a popular gathering place on campus, to avenge the deaths of Muslims around the world.

No one was seriously hurt.

During a court hearing earlier this month, Taheri-azar told a judge that he would "like to get this whole court trial over with as early as possible."

Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall said Wednesday that he would likely subpoena members of the media if the case goes to trial. Shortly after Taheri-azar's arrest, he sent letters explaining his alleged actions.

Taheri-azar is currently being held at Central Prison in Raleigh on a $5.5 million bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 27 when lawyers present their pre-trial motions.

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  • highergame4me Jan 25, 2007

    of course he is going to plead not guilty, look at the way all the other inmates are being treated, more rights than us citizens, the lawyers/judicial system are both pathetic!!!

  • Lifestooshort Jan 25, 2007

    Hanging is cheaper than prison and lethal injection.

  • clackymcsplatter Jan 25, 2007

    can anyone say "MUSLIM" ...guess not.kinda leaving that part outi guess

  • cjwesc Jan 25, 2007

    wiki ftw


  • 0 Tolerance aka Ms.Turner Jan 25, 2007

    ... people get hit by cars everyday! This man does not represent the entire muslim community.

  • 1Raleigh native Jan 25, 2007

    jmurach - it would actually cost us 3x the amount of money to put him to death then it would to let him rot/ live out the rest of his life in jail. sad but true.

  • Toni Jan 25, 2007

    Gosh!!! I would hate to be piss you folks off. Vicious

  • ronben61 Jan 25, 2007

    I say we call in Jack Bauer................

  • LTL Jan 25, 2007

    O the peaceful Muslims!!!! Dont waste my tax money on the garbage

  • jmurach Jan 25, 2007

    Kill him, don't let my tax money pay for his kind in jail.