Baltimore KKK leader accused of firing weapon at Virginia rally is denied bail

Associated Press

A Baltimore Ku Klux Klan leader charged with firing a pistol during a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., has been denied bail despite his claim that he acted in self-defense.

Richard Wilson Preston, a resident of Northeast Baltimore, is accused of firing a weapon within 1,000 feet of a school during the August rally.

The Charlottesville Daily Progress reported that Preston told a judge Thursday that he drew his pistol twice: first when he was threatened by a man he thought was going to throw a newspaper box at him and again when threatened by a man with a nail-laden stick.

He said he fired a shot after a friend was threatened by a counterprotester holding a makeshift flamethrower.

The judge's ruling means Preston will remain in the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail pending a December hearing.

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