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Charlottesville Rally Participants Face Consequences

White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville
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White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A court official says a man charged in connection with the beating of a black man during violent clashes in Charlottesville has agreed to be extradited to Virginia.

Kathy Barfield, deputy clerk of the Monroe County Magistrate Court in Georgia, says 33-year-old Alex Michael Ramos appeared before a judge Tuesday. He turned himself in a day before.

Barfield says bond was not addressed at the hearing. For now, Ramos remains in the custody of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

He faces one count of malicious wounding in the attack on DeAndre Harris, which was captured in photos and video that went viral.

In an interview with Atlanta TV station WGCL, Ramos said he hit Harris once and called the incident "a defensive attack."

Not a Racist or Fascist

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pennsylvania man who was fired after attending a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, says he's neither a white supremacist nor a fascist.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports 29-year-old Michael Beatty describes himself as a Libertarian and a nationalist. He says he attended the rally because he identifies with those aspects of right-wing politics.

Beatty declined to comment on a description of him on an anarchist website as a "white supremacist and self-declared fascist who traveled from Pittsburgh to attend the Unite the Right event in Charlottesville."

Itsgoingdown.org contends it has social media postings written by Beatty that show he's a fascist.

Fighting Extradiion

CINCINNATI (AP) - An 18-year-old Ohio man charged in connection to violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville is fighting extradition to Virginia.

Daniel Borden, of suburban Cincinnati, appeared by video Tuesday and declined to waive extradition. Hamilton County Magistrate Michael Bachman set bond at $100,000 and scheduled a Sept. 29 hearing.

Borden was arrested recently on a charge of malicious wounding.

Attorney Greg Berberich said earlier that Borden was struck in the head and tear-gassed multiple times, and he sought protection from Charlottesville police. He says Borden's family expects him to be exonerated.

James Alex Fields Jr., of the Toledo, Ohio, area, is accused of driving a car into counterprotesters Aug. 12 and killing Heather Heyer. He has been charged with second-degree murder.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.