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In Surprise Move, Christchurch Shooting Suspect Pleads Guilty To 51 Counts Of Murder

Added 03-25-20 09:07:02pm EST - “The man's abrupt change in plea comes one year after the massacres at two mosques. It means the scheduled June trial will be called off. The gunman has a sentencing hearing in May.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “In Surprise Move, Christchurch Shooting Suspect Pleads Guilty To 51 Counts Of Murder”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Media gather outside the Christchurch High Court in New Zealand Thursday local time, one year after a gunman killed 51 worshipers at two Christchurch mosques. Mark Baker/AP hide caption

Media gather outside the Christchurch High Court in New Zealand Thursday local time, one year after a gunman killed 51 worshipers at two Christchurch mosques.

The suspect in the shooting deaths of 51 worshipers at two Christchurch, New Zealand, mosques has pleaded guilty to murder, attempted murder and terrorism charges in a surprise deal with prosecutors.

Brenton Tarrant, 29, an Australian who espoused a white supremacist ideology, had been scheduled to go on trial in June.

Instead, Tarrant appeared in court via video link on Thursday local time and told the judge he would change his plea from not guilty to guilty of 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one count of terrorism.

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