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Jo Cox Murder Suspect To Go On Trial In The Autumn

Thomas Mair, 52, will face trial in November on four charges, including the murder of the Labour MP.

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Thomas Mair, the man charged with murdering the Labour MP Jo Cox, will stand trial in the autumn.

The 52-year-old, who is accused of shooting and stabbing Cox in the street on 16 June, will appear at a London court on 14 November, at a trial presided over by a high court judge. The case is being treated as terrorism-related.

The provisional date was set at a hearing on Thursday morning at the Old Bailey in London. Mair appeared via video link from Belmarsh prison. When asked if he was Thomas Mair, the defendant said: "Yes, I am."

He is represented by Cairns Nelson QC, who discussed various elements of the case with prosecutor Mark Dawson and the judge, Mr Justice Saunders, which cannot be reported for legal reasons.

Mair is charged with murder, grievous bodily harm (for allegedly stabbing a 77-year-old man), possession of a firearm with intent to cause harm, and possession of an offensive weapon with intent to cause harm.

The attack took place in Birstall, West Yorkshire, part of the Batley and Spen constituency that Cox was elected to represent in 2015.

At a previous hearing, when asked to confirm his name, Mair said: "My name is death to traitors. Freedom for Britain."

He is due to appear at a plea hearing on 4 October and the case is due to be mentioned in court in a hearing on 19 September.

The House of Commons and Cox's family have been paying tribute to her this week.

Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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