March 2, 2021 GMT
Man pleads not guilty to defacing Spokane synagogue
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A man authorities say vandalized a Spokane, Washington, synagogue last month pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday.
The Spokesman-Review reports Raymond “Ray” Bryant told police he had spray-painted swastikas on the temple and defaced the Holocaust Memorial there in an effort to recruit more white supremacists for his organization.
The 44-year-old pleaded not guilty to a single charge of malicious harassment with threats.
According to court documents, Bryant initially told police he had not been to the synagogue but, after some conversation with an officer, said he had been there and hoped to get media attention for his national Nazi organization.
Judge Julie McKay scheduled Bryant’s April 26.