A former University of Mississippi student is scheduled to plead guilty Thursday to placing a noose on a statue of a civil rights activist.
Federal court filings show Austin Reed Edenfield is scheduled to waive indictment and plead guilty before a federal judge in Oxford.
The judge delayed a September plea hearing set for Edenfield.
Records don’t show what charge Edenfield faces, but a prosecutor said in June that Edenfield participated in the February 2014 incident. A noose and a former Georgia state flag with a Confederate battle emblem were placed on an Ole Miss statue of James Meredith. Another man has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor.
Edenfield’s lawyer hasn’t responded to requests for comment.
Meredith became the university’s first black student in 1962, amid violence quelled by federal troops.
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