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New Zealand man arrested in ‘witchcraft’ deaths of 5 Fiji family members

A New Zealand man described as a “healer” and “witch doctor” has been charged in the mysterious deaths of five family members in Fiji last month, local police said Sunday.

The man, whose identity hasn’t been released, was charged with five counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, Fiji police said. The man had previously been considered a person of interest in the case.

FIJI POLICE FIND 5 DEAD FAMILY MEMBERS NEAR CRYING BABY, QUIZ ‘WITCH DOCTOR’

The five dead family members and a crying baby were found Aug. 26 on the side of a cliff in the Nausori Highlands. The victims were identified by local media as Nirmal Kuma, a 63-year-old carpenter, his wife Usha Devi, 54, their daughter Nileshni Kajal, 34, and Kajal’s two daughters, Sana, 11, and Samara, 8. The baby, identified as 1-year-old Samaira Kumar, was the sole survivor.

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Nileshni Kajal, 34, with her daughters, Sana,11, and Samara, 8. (Facebook)

A toxicology report determined the victims died from ingesting a toxic substance, the New Zealand Herald reported Monday. Police had initially suspected poisoning.

The father of the two dead children earlier told the Fiji Sun he blamed his in-laws’ “extreme” interest in witchcraft for the deaths.

“I never saw anyone or any family so much into witchcraft than my in-laws,” he said. “I knew that my father-in-law was practicing witchcraft and in extreme conditions. He would call witchdoctors home or take my mother-in-law to them as she always used to complain of stomach pains and claim that someone has done something to her.”

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Nirmal Kumar, 63, his wife Usha Devi, 54. (Facebook) (Nirmal Kumar, 63, his wife Usha Devi, 54. (Facebook))

The New Zealand man was an alleged “healer” who on three previous occasions treated Devi for stomach pains with herbal medicines, Stuff NZ reported in August.

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Fiji police called the man a “witch doctor” and named him and his wife as prime suspects, the Fiji Sun reported early in the investigation. The man and his wife, who have permanent residency status in New Zealand, were questioned for two days last month and issued a court order to remain in the country.

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He is expected to appear at the Nadi Magistrate Court on Monday, police said.

The surviving child, dubbed locally as the “miracle baby,” has since been released from the hospital, according to reports.

Fox News’ Robert Gearty contributed to this report.

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Damage from Iran-linked drone attack on Saudi oil facility captured in satellite images

Saudi oil sites attacked on Saturday — in a drone assault linked to Iran — were seen to have sustained damage after satellite images released Sunday captured char marks and smoke billowing from the world’s largest oil processing facility.

The weekend attack ignited huge fires at Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq oil processing facility and interrupted about 5.7 million barrels of crude oil production — over 5 percent of the world’s daily supply.

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U.S. satellite images appeared to show approximately 17 points of impact on key infrastructure at the site after the attack.

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U.S. satellite imagery showing about 17 points of impact on key infrastructure. (US official)

While Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels have since claimed responsibility for the attack, the U.S. has accused Iran of launching the assault. Tehran has denied the allegations, calling the claims “maximum lies.”

Houthi leader Muhammad al-Bukhaiti reiterated his group’s claim of responsibility, telling The Associated Press on Sunday it exploited “vulnerabilities” in Saudi air defenses to strike the targets. He did not elaborate.

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The exact extent of the damage from the drone attack wasn’t immediately clear. (US official)

Other images appeared to show black char marks and thick black smoke in an area of the facility.

The Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies in August had identified that region as the plant’s stabilization area. That zone included “storage tanks and processing and compressor trains — which greatly increases the likelihood of a strike successfully disrupting or destroying its operations,” the center wrote at the time.

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Thick black smoke rising from Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq oil processing facility in Buqyaq, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday, captured in a satellite image. (Planet Labs Inc via AP)

Neither Saudi Arabia nor the state-run oil giant Saudi Aramco have said how much damage was done to the facility. Saudi Arabia has promised to fill in the cut in production with its reserves but has not said how long it would take to repair the damage.

POMPEO ACCUSES IRAN OF ‘UNPRECEDENTED ATTACK’ AFTER DRONES HIT SAUDI OIL FACILITIES

There was no immediate impact on global oil prices from the attacks as markets were closed for the weekend, but analysts have anticipated a spike in oil prices when markets reopen Monday.

However, higher oil prices could add to the struggles facing the global economy. The spike in prices could dip the global economy into a recession, limiting any prolonged period of excessive prices as demand rebalances the market, according to S&P Global Platts Analytics.

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Black char marks at the center of the facility suggested the attack struck at the heart of the processing facility. (European Commission via AP)

Meanwhile, the attack has ratcheted up the already high Mideast tensions amid escalating U.S.-Iran hostilities as the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, launched during the Obama administration, has continued to unravel.

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“Because of the tension and sensitive situation, our region is like a powder keg,” warned Iran National Guard Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh. “When these contacts come too close, when forces come into contact with one another, it is possible a conflict happens because of a misunderstanding.”

In recent months there’s been a string of mysterious attacks on oil tankers that the U.S. has blamed on Tehran; at least one suspected Israeli strike on Shiite forces in Iraq; and Iran shooting down a U.S. military surveillance drone.

Fox News’ Dom Calicchio, Kevin Corke and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Atlanta Braves’ Culberson suffers facial fractures after taking pitch to face on bunt attempt, team says

Atlanta Braves utility player Charlie Culberson suffered “multiple facial fractures” after a 91 mph pitch struck him in the face during a bunt attempt in Saturday’s playoff-clinching win over the Washington Nationals, the team announced.

The 30-year-old had been cleared to travel back to Atlanta, where team doctors will assess the next steps in his treatment, the Braves said Sunday. There was no mention on when he could return to the field.

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The scary moment came during the seventh inning of the 10-1 victory at Nationals Park. With the game tied 1-1, Culberson pinch hit for starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz with two on and no out when Washington reliever Fernando Rodney’s first-pitch fastball struck him on the right cheekbone.

Culberson fell backward immediately on impact. He stayed down holding his face until trainers helped him to his feet. He gave a thumbs-up as he was carted off the field with a towel pressed to his face and taken to a hospital.

“It was very tough to see that. He’s a phenomenal human being. One of the best teammates you could have,” Foltynewicz said. “I look up to him as a father. He actually has three kids. It’s his kid’s birthday today, one of them. I want to be just like him as a father.”

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Culberson was taken off the field after getting hit by a 91 mph fastball. The team announced Sunday that he suffered “multiple facial fractures.” (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The incident included some controversy after crew chief Tim Timmons called the pitch a strike since Culberson squared up to bunt. Atlanta manager Brian Snitker launched into a profanity-fueled tirade against Timmons, shouting “Shame on you!” Snitker was promptly ejected, his fourth this season.

“You can’t bunt when the ball is coming at your face,” a more restrained Snitker told reporters after the game. “That just sounds like … My God. I am not going to even get into that. I am sitting there looking at this guy’s pooling blood on the ground. And I am like, ‘Come on.'”

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Culberson dropped to the ground after getting hit by a ball during the seventh inning. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The Braves seemed to rally behind their fallen teammate on back-to-back doubles from Ronald Acuña Jr. and Ozzie Albies that drove in runs and sent the Nationals’ bullpen spiraling into a meltdown. The Washington bullpen gave up nine runs over the final four innings.

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The win clinched the Braves’ (93-57) first consecutive postseason spot since 2012-13, but the clubhouse afterward was subdued as the team remained concerned over their utility man.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Two teenagers arrested over Australian bushfire; firefighters continue to battle at least 50 blazes

Two Australian teenagers were charged Wednesday in setting one of the dozens of destructive fires that have raged across the country’s eastern coast since last week as experts warned of potentially dire conditions ahead of this year’s bushfire season.

Police placed the 14-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl with a group of other juveniles in bushland where the fire in Peregian Springs, Queensland, was allegedly lit, Australia’s ABC News reported. The pair have been charged with endangering particular property by fire.

AUSTRALIA WILDFIRES RAGING LIKE ‘FLAMETHROWER’ DEVOUR HOMES, AT LEAST 400 EVACUATED

Dry and windy conditions helped the blaze sweep across the area, scorching swathes of bushland and triggering hundreds of evacuations, Sky News reported. The fire devoured one home and severely damaged another. Firefighters battled the blaze for two days before safely containing it.

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Firefighters battled a bushfire in Peregian Springs in the Sunshine Coast region of Queensland on Sunday. (AAP via Reuters)

The charges come after authorities set up a task force earlier this week to investigate at least eight fires that appeared intentionally lit. Investigators had reportedly questioned several teens and children regarding them.

The neighboring states of Queensland and New South Wales have endured more than 100 raging wildfires since Friday. More than 100 still burned across the regions on Thursday, with 320 firefighters battling at least 50 blazes in New South Wales, officials said.

At least 26 homes have been destroyed and 73 others damaged, with damages expected to rise once officials can check the fire-devastated areas, News.com.au reported. No deaths have been reported as at least 400 citizens evacuated to shelters in the region.

AMAZON FIRES SPUR BRAZIL TO BAN MOST BURNING FOR 60 DAYS

Experts are saying the early start to Australia’s bushfire season forecasts a worse than average fire risk across the country.

Researchers from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology wrote an article published in The Conversation saying record warm temperatures in Antarctica will leave Australia with higher than normal spring temperatures and less rain, an “apocalyptic” combination as bushfire season begins, according to News.com.au.

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“Past stratospheric warming events and associated wind changes have had their strongest effects in NSW and southern Queensland, where springtime temperatures increased, rainfall decreased, and heatwaves and fire risk rose,” the meteorologists said.

Experts warn large portions of the country are already experiencing drought, with gusty and unusually warm and dry conditions leaving regions like a tinderbox as the Southern Hemisphere spring begins.

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Reindeer accident hospitalizes 12 Finnish soldiers in Lapland

A dozen Finnish soldiers were hospitalized Tuesday when their armored carrier swerved to avoid a reindeer in the road and was struck by another military vehicle, officials said.

REINDEER ARE EATING SEAWEED TO SURVIVE CLIMATE CHANGE, SCIENTISTS SAY

The transport vehicles carried a total of 28 members of the Kainuu Brigade at the time of the accident near Lake Kemijärvi in the province of Lapland, the Finnish military said in a news release.

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Hundreds of thousands of reindeer populate Finland. (iStock)

None of the dozen conscripts were seriously injured, an army spokesman told the Helsinki Times.

The military said in an update Wednesday that all conscripts involved in the accident returned to their ranks to continue training.

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The Finnish Army had earlier tweeted that conscripts were performing military exercises in several locations throughout Finland to “serve to develop local defense readiness and capability.”

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Reindeer number in the hundreds of thousands in Finland. During the winter, the Finnish Road Safety Agency reports that up to 20 reindeer a day can be involved in traffic accidents, according to Euro News.

Vehicles have killed thousands of the roaming animals. Herders have resorted to painting the reindeer antlers in fluorescent colors to reduce their traffic deaths. Red noses were unavailable.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Psychic’ Florida woman who promised to lift family curse sentenced for $1.6M scheme

A woman in Florida who claimed to be a psychic fortune teller has been sentenced to over three years in prison for scamming a Texas woman out of $1.6 million to lift a made-up curse on her and her family.

Sherry Tina Uwanawich, who also goes by Jacqueline Miller, first met the unidentified victim in 2007 when she lived in Houston, federal prosecutors said in a news release Monday.

FLORIDA TEEN ACCUSED OF STEALING MORE THAN $1,400 FROM PARENTS FOR FAILED MURDER-FOR-HIRE PLOT

The 28-year-old Uwanawich became the woman’s confidante and used her trust to convince her that her family was in supernatural trouble, according to the statement.

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Uwanawich moved from Texas to South Florida, where she continued to scam her victim out of $1.6 million dollars until she came clean in 2014. (Broward County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

The victim, a medical student, had been suffering from depression after her mother’s death, The New York Times reported. Uwanawich reportedly blamed her mother’s death on a witch’s curse.

Bob Nygaard, a retired New York police officer and psychic fraud private investigator, told the paper confidence crimes that exploit a victim’s fears are common across the country.

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“Don’t look down on the victim,” he said. “Credit the con.”

The fictitious fortune teller claimed she needed “large sums of money” to buy crystal balls, candles and other items for meditation ceremonies to lift the curse, prosecutors said. The victim was led to believe that harm would come to her and her family if she didn’t pay.

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The scheme continued on for years, even after Uwanawich moved to South Florida, investigators said. The scheme ended in 2014 after Uwanaich told the woman she had made up the curse.

Uwanawich previously pleaded guilty to wire fraud and was sentenced last week in Miami, over a decade after the scheme began, according to the statement. She must also pay restitution.

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Ex-Taliban hostage tells court he hit wife with broom handle because ‘she enjoyed it’

A Canadian man who was held hostage by the Taliban for five years in Afghanistan with his American wife told a court Tuesday that he only struck her with a broom handle because she asked to be spanked.

Joshua Boyle, 36, claimed during cross-examination in his sexual assault trial that he gave his estranged wife Caitlan Coleman “a few half-hearted swats” on the buttocks at her request, the Ottawa Citizen reported. He reportedly said Coleman “enjoyed it,” although the act made him uncomfortable.

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Boyle said he would stop spanking her when she showed any discomfort and “was tired of indulging her fantasies,” according to the paper.

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Boyle, Coleman and their two sons, 4 and 2, and newborn daughter returned to Canada in 2017 after being held hostage for five years in Afghanistan. (Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Boyle faces 19 charges, including sexual assault and administering a noxious substance. He had pleaded not guilty to all the charges, which allegedly took place after the couple’s release in 2017.

Both Boyle and Coleman were captured by a Taliban-linked group in 2012 while on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan. During their five years in captivity, she gave birth to three children. The family was freed in 2017 by Pakistani forces.

Boyle also argued against allegations that he drugged Coleman with the anti-depressant trazadone. He told the court he offered her the pills when she threw a “fit” after suggesting she shower before going to meet his parents, the Guardian reported. He claimed that Coleman didn’t bathe enough after their release from captivity.

“I don’t remember if I invoked the fact both my mother and father had complained about Caitlan’s hygiene,” he said, according to the paper. “Meeting in public was often embarrassing for them.”

FORMER TALIBAN HOSTAGE CAITLAN COLEMAN ACCUSES HUSBAND OF ABUSE DURING CAPTIVITY: REPORTS

Earlier testimony showed both parties painting each other as abusive. Boyle accused Coleman of being an incompetent mother who would neglect their children while in captivity and strike their eldest child after their return to Canada.

Coleman had claimed Boyle was controlling and abusive, both during and after their captivity. She described behavior by Boyle that she said led to a violent assault after they returned to Canada. he allegedly demanded sex, then hit her after she refused.

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She also claimed to have taken medication Boyle offered her out of fear he would hit her.

Boyle is expected to testify again Wednesday.

Fox News’ Lukas Mikelionis contributed to this report. 

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Testimony details ‘weird and strange’ behavior of Chinese woman arrested at Mar-a-Lago

The trial of a Chinese woman arrested on charges of trespassing at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and then lying to Secret Service agents continued Tuesday with witness testimony detailing the defendant’s strange behavior prior to her arrest.

Yujing Zhang appeared again in court after an unusual first day, which included a brief delay due to an underwear snafu. She then proclaimed her innocence and thanked the U.S. in a 20-second opening statement – quite possibly one of the shortest in recorded legal history.

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“I don’t believe I did anything wrong and that’s what I want to say. USA, thank you,” the 33-year-old Shanghai business consultant said Monday.

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Zhang is accused of trespassing at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club and lying to Secret Service agents. (Daniel Pontet via AP, File)

On Tuesday, Mar-a-Lago receptionist Ariela Grumaz testified that Zhang was acting “weird and strange” on March 30, prompting her to confront the Chinese national and alert the Secret Service.

Zhang made herself conspicuous by taking photos and video inside the lavish lobby in violation of rules while wearing a gray evening dress at 1 p.m., Grumaz said. After calling agents, Grumaz said Zhang went into a women’s restroom, where she found her pacing and frantically sending text messages.

Sam Ivanovich, the agent Grumaz had alerted, testified that Zhang was carrying a computer, cellphones and other electronics. He also testified that agents later found a signal detector meant to spot hidden cameras and a significant amount of cash stashed in her area hotel room.

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Zhang has repeatedly upheld her innocence despite facing up to six years in prison. (Broward Sheriff’s Office)

Ivanovich said her story didn’t add up when agents questioned her. Zhang had told him she arrived early to take photos of the property before a United Nations Friendship event, even after she was repeatedly told no such event was scheduled, he said.

She seemingly contradicted an earlier statement that she was there to use the pool, although she didn’t have a swimsuit in her possession, Ivanovich testified.

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After the 33-year-old became “aggressive” toward agents, she was taken to the Secret Service’s West Palm Beach office, he said. She told agents there that her invitation to the Friendship event was part of a package she purchased from a man she knew only as “Charles” through a Chinese Internet service similar to Facebook.

A translator was set to testify later Tuesday that Charles sent two messages to Zhang before she left China saying the event was canceled, prosecutors said.

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Zhang said she was attending a UN Friendship event at Mar-a-Lago, although no such event was scheduled, according to witness testimony. (iStock)

Zhang has pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful entry and making false statements. She faces up to six years in prison if convicted.

She fired her public defenders in June against the recommendation of U.S. District Judge Roy Altman in order to represent herself with the use of a translator.

Altman stepped in on her behalf on one occasion Tuesday when a defense attorney would have objected to prosecutor questions about what Zhang’s behavior has to do with the charges. He ultimately allowed the line of questioning to stand.

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Zhang, who has usually been silent, attempted to object a few times, challenging the introduction of Mar-a-Lago photos and her cellphone, saying they were “sensitive.” Altman rejected her challenges.

Meanwhile, China’s foreign affairs ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Tuesday that anyone who believes Zhang is a spy is engaged in “science fiction.” She demanded the U.S. handle the case “in a fair and proper manner according to the law.”

Fox News’ Greg Norman, Travis Fedschun and Samuel Chamberlain and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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New Jersey woman, 23, allegedly stabbed mom to death in apartment, fled to hotel: authorities

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A 23-year-old New Jersey woman was arrested Friday at a hotel after allegedly stabbing her mom to death inside their apartment earlier that morning, authorities said.

Marisa Rivera is accused of killing her 56-year-old mother, Denise DeNapoli, around 3:30 a.m. at the Mount Laurel apartment where both lived, the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement.

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When DeNapoli failed to show up for work, police were called to conduct a welfare check and discovered her body at the Ramblewood Village Apartments, officials said.

Police later found Rivera at a Route 73 hotel, where she surrendered without incident, the statement said.

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Investigators were still examining any possible motive in the murder.

Rivera was charged with first-degree murder, third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, officials said.

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University of Illinois student no longer enrolled after allegedly leaving noose in elevator: school official

A University of Illinois student charged with a hate crime for allegedly leaving a noose inside a campus elevator this week is no longer enrolled at the school, a university spokesman said Wednesday.

Andrew Smith, a 19-year-old sophomore, was arrested Monday in a dorm at the Urbana-Champaign campus, university police said in a statement.

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Smith enrolled at the university in the fall of 2018 to study math, but on Wednesday university spokeswoman Robin Kaler told the News-Gazzette in Champaign that he “is not enrolled at the university at this time.”

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Defense attorney Audrey Thompson on Tuesday declined to comment on the charges. She described her client during the arraignment as a sophomore with enough credits to graduate this year and a GPA of 3.79. (Champaign County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Kaler told the paper she couldn’t speak about whether Smith had been expelled, but said that an investigation must be conducted when the student code of conduct is violated.

Allen Hall residence staff told police they found the noose hanging at around 1 a.m. The find went viral on social media and a woman who said she was with Smith when he tied the noose came forward, according to Kaler.

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Smith told university police that he “only spent about 30 seconds thinking about his actions” and that even after checking social media, didn’t think his actions were serious enough to turn himself in, said Champaign County Assistant State’s Attorney Kristin Alferink during the arraignment Tuesday.

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Smith was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and a felony hate crime, police said. The charges are preliminary and may change during court proceedings.

Smith pleaded not guilty and was released on $5,000 bond, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing court records. His next court appearance is expected on Oct. 22.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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