UNC chancellor won’t testify at Confederate vandalism trial

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A judge has ruled the University of North Carolina’s chancellor doesn’t have to testify at the trial of a woman accused of pouring red ink on a Confederate statue that was later torn down by protesters.

Maya Little’s trial on a misdemeanor count of defacing a public monument began Monday with the judge watching video of her pouring red ink on the statue known as Silent Sam last April. The statue was torn down by protesters in August. Little isn’t among those charged with toppling the statue.

Defense lawyers sought to force Chancellor Carol Folt and campus Police Chief Jeff McCracken to testify.

Orange County judge Samantha Cabe denied the request, saying other witnesses have more direct knowledge of the charge against Little.

Testimony was scheduled to resume Monday afternoon.

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