A charge of a hate-crime was brought up against a 19-year-old student at the University of Illinois. On Sunday a noose was found hanging in a residence hall elevator.
In a statement the University police said that Andrew Smith was arrested at about 9:30 p.m. Monday after he was questioned by authorities at his residence hall on College Court in Urbana.
The student had been charged with committing a hate crime, which is a felony, and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.
During an trial on Tuesday afternoon, Champaign County Assistant State’s Attorney Kristin Alferink said Smith found some rope in an elevator in Allen Hall over the weekend and tied it into a noose.
About 1 a.m. Sunday, staff at Allen Hall found the noose hanging inside an elevator in a public area of the building. This was reported to the authorities by a female friend who was with Smith in the elevator Sunday.
Smith pleaded not guilty Tuesday and was released on a $5,000 bond. He requested a trial by jury.