By Spectrum News Staff & Associated Press |
His court-appointed lawyer, David Patton, told federal Judge Vernon Broderick that his client was pleading not guilty to an indictment returned last week. Patton declined comment afterward.
Authorities say the 29-year-old Paterson, New Jersey, resident drove his rented Home Depot truck into a bike path along the West Side Highway, killing 8 people and wounding 12 others.
Saipov faces multiple charges, including murder, attempted murder, and supporting the Islamic State group. Several of those counts carry a potential death penalty.
Saipov came to the U.S. legally in 2010 from Uzbekistan. Authorities say Islamic State propaganda was found on his cell phones.
He lived in Ohio and Florida and worked as a commercial truck driver before he recently moved to New Jersey with his wife and children.
He remains held without bail.
The federal government said Saipov planned the attack for quite some time.
Authorities believe he intended to kill many more people, with plans to drive toward the Brooklyn Bridge.