A man accused of killing eight people and injuring about a dozen others after driving a truck through a crowded bicycle and pedestrian path in Manhattan last month pleaded not guilty to murder and terrorism-related charges.
Sayfullo Saipov, 29, faces a 22-count indictment, including eight counts of murder in aid of racketeering, 12 counts of attempted murder in aid of racketeering, one count of violence and destruction of a motor vehicle, and one count of providing and attempting to provide material support to ISIS, CNN reports.
Saipov's attorney, David Patton, entered the not guilty plea in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Tuesday on behalf of his client, who only spoke when Judge Vernon Broderick asked if the Uzbek immigrant could hear the courtroom interpreter.
Saipov was found to be in possession of material sympathetic to ISIS after the October 31 attack, for which the terrorist group later claimed responsibility. Saipov told investigators that he had been inspired by watching propaganda videos and that “he felt good about what he had done,” NPR reports.
Saipov arrived in the U.S. in 2010 and is a resident of Paterson, New Jersey. He remains held without bail.