A man named Hardy Carroll Lloyd who publicly identified as a white nationalist was detained on Thursday for allegedly making threats against the jury and witnesses in the trial of the person accused of killing 11 synagoguegoers in Pittsburgh online.
He is charged with posting ominous messages on social media, sending ominous emails, and posting comments on numerous websites pertaining to the Robert Bowers trial.
Who is Hardy Carroll Lloyd?
Hardy Carroll Lloyd is 45 years old. He is a resident of Follansbee, West Virginia. According to a press statement by the Justice Department, Lloyd is allegedly in charge of posting stickers in Pittsburgh neighborhoods with a high number of Jews. According to reports, these stickers led them to a website that contained his threats and antisemitic remarks.
According to the Justice Department, Lloyd identified himself as a “reverend” of the white supremacy movement. He is currently being detained at the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville without bond. According to jail records, Lloyd does not appear to be represented by an attorney who could comment on the allegations.
Lloyd was brought into custody without a significant incident. He is now accused of various offenses, including witness tampering, conveying threats through interstate and international commerce, and obstructing the proper administration of justice. He might receive a total prison sentence of 35 years if found guilty of these crimes.
U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld in a statement said, “Jury trials are a hallmark of the American justice system and attempts to intimidate witnesses or jurors will be met with a strong response. The use of hateful threats in an effort to undermine a trial is especially troubling.”
Bowers was given the death penalty last week after a jury determined that it was the appropriate punishment for his conduct, holding him responsible for the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in American history.