Defendant In UNC Campus Vehicle Assualt Wants Trial Over

The man charged with attempted murder for driving an SUV through the UNC-Chapel Hill campus last March has told a judge he want to speed up his case.

Mohammed Taheri-Azar is charged with nine counts of attempted first-degree murder and nine counts of felony assault. He's being held at Central Prison in Raleigh under five and a half million dollars bond.

His next hearing is January 24th and Taheri-Azar told Superior Court Judge Carl Fox on Tuesday that attending hearings caused trouble for too many people. He told the court that it would be best to have as few hearings as possible.

Taheri-Azar has said that he drove through the crowded area to avenge the treatment of Muslims by the United States. No one was seriously injured.