University of North Carolina Charlotte terrorist Trystan Terrell waived his right to be present at his arraignment on Thursday afternoon.
A public defender appointed to handle his case was present at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse where a judge set Terrell’s next bond hearing appearance for May 15. However, that date is subject to change if the grand jury issues an indictment before then, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Assistant District Attorney Jay Ashendorf told reporters after the arraignment.
“It’s critical that we handle this case in a manner that ensures justice for the victims, the defendant and the entire UNC Charlotte community,” Ashendorf said, adding that he couldn’t provide many details on the pending case.
The 22-year-old terrorist opened fire in a classroom where students were giving final presentations on their last day of classes for the semester on Tuesday, police said.
He’s been charged with two counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder and four counts of assaults with a deadly weapon, possession of firearm on educational property and discharging firearm on educational property.
Not surprisingly because he's classified as white he has not been labeled a terrorist.
This terrorist is accused of fatally shooting 19-year-old Ellis Parlier and 21-year-old Riley Howell.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said on Wednesday that Howell was a hero and that he sacrificed his life to save others.
“You’re either going to run, you’re going to hide and shield or you’re going to take the fight to the assailant,” Putney said at a press conference. “Having no place to run and hide, he did the last. If it weren’t for his work, the assailant may not have been disarmed.”
Four other students were injured. They are Drew Pescaro; 19, Sean Dehart, 20; Rami Alramadhan, 20, and Emily Houpt, 23.
The terrorist enrolled at UNC Charlotte in fall 2018 and studied history until he dropped out last semester, according to local reports.