Former UNC professor makes 1st court appearance

Dec. 03, 2013 @ 02:44 PM

Julius Nyang'oro, former chairman of African and Afro-American studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, will plead not guilty to fraud and will vigorously fight the accusations against him, his attorney said Tuesday.
Nyang'oro was indicted Monday by an Orange County grand jury for allegedly accepting $12,000 for classes that weren't held.
He surrendered to authorities Tuesday morning and was released on $30,000 bond.
Tuesday afternoon, Nyang'oro appeared in Orange County District Court, where his next court appearance was set for Dec. 17.
He said nothing in court, nor to reporters, as he and his wife walked into the Orange County Courthouse with his attorneys, Bill Thomas and Butch Williams.
"He's going to contest these charges and will enter a plea of not guilty," Thomas said after the hearing.
Nyang'oro resigned in August as chairman of the department, which was at the center of an investigation into academic fraud involving UNC football players.