Baltimore KKK leader denied bail for firing weapon at Charlottesville rally

This undated photo provided by the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail shows Richard Wilson Preston, who is charged with discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school during the Aug. 12, 2017, white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Preston waived his right to challenge extradition during a hearing in Baltimore County, Md, on Monday, Aug. 28.(Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail via AP)

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

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

The Daily Progress reports 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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