Prosecutor accuses man of 'cowardly' slaying of lawmaker

LONDON (AP) " A prosecutor alleges that the man charged with murdering British lawmaker Jo Cox repeatedly shouted "Britain First" as he shot and stabbed her a week before the vote to leave the European Union.

Richard Whittam accused 53-year-old Thomas Mair of carrying out the "cowardly attack" in his opening statement as the trial opened Monday. The June 16 attack shocked Britain at a time of heated debate about sovereignty, immigration and self-determination ahead of the landmark vote.

Cox, who supported the campaign to stay in the EU, was about to hold a session in her constituency in northern England when she was attacked. A 77-year-old local man risked his own life in an attempt to save her.

Jurors were told that Mair had pleaded not guilty.

The case is expected to last three weeks.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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