WorldCanadian man who allegedly ran over, killed Muslim family pleads not guilty by admin September 7, 2023 written by admin September 7, 2023 Bookmark 19A Canadian man accused of deliberately running over and killing four members of a Muslim family in London, Ontario pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, as jury selection for his trial started.Nathaniel Veltman is accused of deliberately hitting the Afzaal family members with his truck as they were out for a walk on the evening of June 6, 2021. He has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.Standing next to the accused as the court registrar read the charges, defense lawyer Christopher Hicks entered not guilty pleas on Veltman’s behalf.BUFFALO SHOOTING SUSPECT CONFRONTED IN COURTROOM: ‘YOU’RE A COWARD!’Veltman, who wore a long-sleeve white shirt and black pants in court, was sitting quietly between his defense lawyers Hicks and Peter Ketcheson during the jury selection process.Jury selection was set to continue on Wednesday for the trial that is expected to last 12 weeks.Superior Court Justice Renee Pomerance ruled last year that a change of venue is warranted in the case, moving the trial from London to Windsor, Ontario.Nathaniel Veltman is escorted outside the Ontario Superior Court in Windsor, Ontario, on Sept.5, 2023. (Dax Melmer/The Canadian Press via AP)The reasons for that decision, as well as the evidence and arguments presented in court, cannot be disclosed due to a publication ban.Salman Afzaal, 46, his 44-year-old wife Madiha Salman, their 15-year-old daughter Yumnah and her 74-year-old grandmother, Talat Afzaal, were killed in the attack. The couple’s 9-year-old son was also seriously hurt but survived.129 MUSLIMS ARRESTED IN PAKISTAN FOLLOWING MOB ATTACKS ON CHURCHES, HOMES OF MINORITY CHRISTIANSPomerance said the prosecution is alleging that Veltman, who was 20 at the time of his arrest, was motivated by extremist right-wing views associated with White supremacy when he intentionally drove his truck over a curb to strike the Muslim family members.None of the allegations has been proven in court.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe attack on the Afzaal family sent waves of shock, grief and fear across Canada and spurred ongoing calls for measures to combat Islamophobia in the country.The City of London dedicated a garden to the Afzaal family. 0 comment 0 FacebookTwitterPinterestEmail admin Follow Author previous post Blinken makes unannounced Kyiv visit to review Ukraine’s counteroffensive against Russia next post Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner break silence on divorce, address speculation about split You may also like Bookmark Bai Lu poses for birthday shoot September 25, 2023 Bookmark Cecilia Cheung at brand event September 25, 2023 Bookmark Tong Liya at promo event September 25, 2023 Bookmark Yuan Shanshan keeping fit September 25, 2023 Bookmark 13-foot alligator spotted with human remains in its... September 25, 2023 Bookmark Trudeau facing cold reality after lonely week on... September 25, 2023 Bookmark Operator of bus involved in fatal New York... September 25, 2023 Bookmark Pope says countries should not “play games” with... September 25, 2023 Bookmark An Iowa man who failed to show up... September 25, 2023 Bookmark GOP Rep. urges McCarthy to ‘cut out’ Freedom... September 25, 2023Leave a Comment Cancel ReplySave my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.