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Man Charged In Teacher's Assault Pleads Not Guilty

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GOOCHLAND, VA—The Henrico County man accused of "savagely beating" a Goochland County Public Schools teacher in the school's parking lot has pleaded not guilty.

Uriah Kamal Harris, 29, of Henrico County, pleaded not guilty in a Goochland County courtroom Tuesday. Harris faces two felony charges, including aggravated malicious wounding and assault and battery upon a person protected by a protective order.

The charges stem from a December 2012 attack, in which police say Harris was "savagely beating" a female teacher in the parking lot of Goochland Middle School.

Authorities say Harris tossed the woman to the ground, punched her and smashed her face into the concrete.

Witnesses say Harris was in his car, circling the school's parking lot, and when he saw the victim, he got out of his car and began attacking her.

The attack went on for about a minute, until two other teachers were able to break it up. The Sheriff's Department said the other teachers' intervention likely saved the victim's life.

8News learned the victim had previously taken out an order of protection against the suspect, reporting he destroyed her apartment and left a message on a wall with a knife stabbed about it.

The protective order barred the suspect from going near the victim and prohibited him from calling, texting or emailing her. Authorities say Harris and the victim has a previous relationship.

Harris could face a five year sentence for violating the protective order, along with life in prison for aggravated malicious wounding.

Harris is due back in court for a September 12 hearing; his trial is set to begin October 31. Stay with 8News for updates.

 

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