Bond set at $1M for USM student charged with Internet threats

Published 10:57 pm Saturday, April 21, 2007

Bond was set at $1 million Friday for a University of Southern Mississippi student charged with allegedly making threats over the Internet.

Investigators say that a faculty member reported that Charles “Yuri” Wainwright made threats that officers felt were credible. Investigators haven’t yet provided details of the alleged threats.

Wainwright, 25, of Purvis, made an initial appearance in Forrest County Justice Court. Judge Pay Causey set the bond during the hearing. No trial date has been set.

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Wainwright was returned to the county jail.

Wainwright was arrested Wednesday at his home by USM campus police and Lamar County sheriff’s deputies. In a search of his home, authorities found several weapons, including shotguns and rifles.

In an interview with Hattiesburg television WDAM, Wainwright said he was not posting threats and the case was a misunderstanding.

“They seem to think I was threatening people on the internet and I wasn’t,” Wainwright told the station. “Things are really tense these times with all of the shootings happening at Virginia Tech so I can understand their overreaction on their part. But at the same time, I just don’t really know.”

Wainwright also said that he is a gun collector.