RICHMOND, Va. – Two Virginia men accused of plotting to shoot up or bomb synagogues and black churches have pleaded not guilty.
Thirty-four-year-old Robert C. Doyle and 33-year-old Ronald Beasley Chaney II face a robbery conspiracy charge and two firearms counts. They were arraigned Thursday. A three-day jury trial was set for March 21.
A third defendant, 30-year-old Charles D. Halderman Jr., is scheduled for arraignment on two charges Tuesday.
Prosecutors say the men conspired to rob an unnamed silver and coin dealer and use the money to stockpile weapons, buy land and train for a race war.
The FBI says in an affidavit that Doyle and Chaney subscribe to "a white supremacy extremist version of the Asatru faith," a sect that emphasizes Norse gods and traditions.