Defendant in NYC Halloween attack that killed 8 speaks out in court

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NEW YORK -

A New Jersey man charged with killing eight people on a New York City bike path on Halloween has insisted on speaking out at a pretrial hearing.

Sayfullo Saipov was in a federal court in New York on Monday for lawyers to discuss his upcoming trial.

He complained that he was being judged in the deaths of eight people while thousands of Muslims die around the world.

The 31-year-old Paterson man has been held without bail since his arrest immediately after the attack in lower Manhattan on Oct. 31, 2017.

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Prosecutors say Saipov deserves death for mowing over the victims, including New Milford’s Darren Drake, with his truck.

Saipov moved to the United States legally from Uzbekistan in 2010. He lived in Ohio and Florida before joining his family in New Jersey.

His trial is scheduled for April.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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