Not-guilty pleas entered for man accused of killing UK lawmaker

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 04, 2016 6:31 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - The man accused of killing British lawmaker Jo Cox a week before the June referendum on EU membership declined to respond when asked if he was guilty at a court hearing on Tuesday and the judge recorded pleas of not guilty to all charges.

Thomas Mair, 53, is accused of shooting and stabbing Cox, a member of parliament for the opposition Labour Party, as she arrived for a meeting with residents in the northern English town of Birstall, part of her electoral district.

The murder shocked the nation and led to the suspension of referendum campaigning for several days. Cox had been campaigning for Britain to remain in the EU.

(Reporting by Michael Holden, writing by Estelle Shirbon; editing by Stephen Addison)