- Associated Press - Monday, March 30, 2015

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The attorney for a former University of Mississippi student indicted on federal charges connected to an incident where a noose was put on a statue James Meredith says his client didn’t do it.

Oxford attorney David G. Hill says in a news release Monday that Graeme Phillip Harris of Alpharetta, Georgia, was in the wrong place at the wrong time but did no wrong.

The Justice Department said Friday Harris was indicted on one count of conspiracy to violate civil rights and one count of using a threat of force to intimidate African-American students because of their race or color.

The indictment is connected to a February 2014 incident in which a noose and a former Georgia flag, prominently featuring the Confederate battle emblem, were placed on a Meredith statue near the main administration building at Ole Miss.

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