Booking mugshot of Donald Trump
Booking mugshot of Donald TrumpREUTERS

Former US President Donald Trump on Thursday pleaded not guilty and sought to sever his case from some other defendants who are accused along with him of illegally trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election in Georgia, The Associated Press reported.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee had set arraignment hearings on Sept. 6 for Trump and the 18 others charged in the case. Trump’s court filing entering a not guilty plea also waived arraignment, meaning he will not have to show up for that.

The decision to skip an in-person appearance averts the dramatic arraignments that have accompanied the three other criminal cases Trump faces, in which the former President has been forced amid tight security into a courtroom and entered “not guilty” pleas before crowds of spectators

Trump and 18 others were charged earlier this month in a 41-count indictment that outlines an alleged scheme to subvert the will of Georgia voters in the presidential election.

Trump’s former attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and his former White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, are among those indicted.

The former President last week surrendered at the Fulton County Jail and was booked in the case. The Fulton County Sheriff's Office took a mug shot of Trump when he was booked, marking a historic first.

An attorney for Trump also asked McAfee on Thursday to separate his case from those of defendants who have asked for an expedited trial. The judge has already set an Oct. 23 trial date for one of those defendants.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has said she wants all of the defendants tried together. After one defendant filed a demand for a speedy trial, she asked the judge to set an Oct. 23 trial date for everyone, according to AP.