Suspect In Deadly New Zealand Mosque Attack Pleads Not Guilty

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Suspect In Deadly New Zealand Mosque Attack Pleads Not Guilty
The suspect appeared via a video link from the country's maximum-security prison he's being held in.
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The man accused of carrying out attacks on two mosques in New Zealand back in March has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The 28-year-old suspect appeared via a video link from the country's maximum-security prison he's being held in. His lawyers read the not guilty pleas for him.

He's charged with 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one count of engaging in a terrorist act.

The suspect underwent a court-ordered mental health assessment and was declared fit to stand trial.

That trial been scheduled for May of next year. Both the murder charges and the terrorism charge carry a maximum penalty of life in prison if the suspect is convicted.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.