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Suspect in Murder of British MP Jo Cox Tells Court: 'Death to Traitors'

Cox, 41, was shot and stabbed to death Thursday

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    The accused killer of British lawmaker Jo Cox declared "death to traitors, freedom for Britain" in his first court appearance Saturday, NBC News reported.

    Thomas Mair, 52, made his defiant statement in Westminster Magistrates' Court in London after being charged overnight with the murder of the popular Labour Party lawmaker.

    Cox, 41, was shot and stabbed to death Thursday in broad daylight outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, near Leeds, northern England.

    The attack took place nearly a week before British voters are due to decide on whether to stay or leave the EU block. Political campaigning has been suspended in the wake of Cox's death, which has shaken a country where gun control is strict and gun violence is rare.