Bond denied for Cantwell on Charlottesville charges

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – White nationalist Christopher Charles Cantwell was denied bond Thursday evening, according to WVIR.

According to the NBC affiliate in Charlottesville, the 36-year-old appeared in Albemarle General District Court, where the judge set the bond at $25,000, but the commonwealth appealed the bond, arguing Cantwell could be a flight risk to the community.

After what WVIR reports was a long back-and-forth battle between the defense and commonwealth, the judge ruled Cantwell a flight risk because he has no ties to the Virginia area, and his hate speech makes him a threat to others. 

Cantwell is charged with three felonies -- two counts of illegal use of tear gas and other gases and one count of malicious bodily injury -- after the rally at the University of Virginia on Aug. 11.

Cantwell is being held at Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.