Accused killer of lawmaker declines to defend himself
The man accused of murdering British Member of Parliament Jo Cox will not speak in his own defense at his trial, a British court heard yesterday. Thomas Mair, 53, had declined to enter a plea at a pre-trial hearing in October, so a judge had recorded a plea of not guilty on his behalf. Labor MP Cox, 41, was shot three times and repeatedly stabbed on the street in the town of Birstall, part of her electoral district in northern England, a week before Britain voted to leave the EU in June. Defense lawyer Simon Russell Flint told jurors at London’s Old Bailey court: “We call no evidence for Mr Mair.” Judge Alan Wilkie said the jury could draw their own conclusions if he declined to offer evidence.