The men allegedly shot Johnson, 27, during a house party in South London on May 23, 2021. Johnson remains in "serious but stable" condition and receiving treatment for a gunshot wound to her head.
Police charged Prince Dixon, 25; Cameron Deriggs, 18; Troy Reid, 20; and Devonte Brown, 19 with conspiracy to murder, but the men all denied the charges, Sky News reported.
The men appeared in the Old Bailey via video link from Belmarsh prison. They only spoke their names and plead not guilty.
Johnson, mother of two children, rose to prominence in 2020 as a leading figure in Britain’s BLM movement via her involvement with the Taking the Initiative Party (TTIP). Police initially ruled the attack as a gang-related one and denied any link between the attack and Johnson’s activist activities.
Officers said that they had no reports of threats made against Johnson prior to the accident.
But TTIP rejected the police conclusions and the effort to portray the crime as "black-on-black" and "gang crime." The party claimed that Johnson had received "numerous death threats as a result of her activism."
"The irony is in the fact that the police have stated that there is no clear evidence that Sasha was the target of the attack, and that there are no credible death threats made towards her; however, how have the police come to this conclusion without being able to speak with Sasha regarding the death threats and investigate?" TTIP said in a statement at the time of the shooting, according to The Guardian.
NPR reported that police originally detained five male suspects on suspicion of involvement, but only four men currently face charges.
All four suspects will remain in custody until and during the trial.
A pre-trial hearing will take place on Feb. 21, 2022, with the full trial to start Mar. 7.