A Swedish man accused of a deadly shooting spree against immigrants denied three murder and 12 attempted murder charges as his trial opened under tight security Monday.
Peter Mangs, 40, denied 19 of 20 charges but pleaded guilty to vandalism for firing a shot through a shop window, Swedish public radio reported.
Mangs, who was wearing a white shirt and glasses, was arrested in November 2010 following a large-scale police manhunt amid the string of attacks on immigrants in Sweden's third largest city of Malmoe.
He has been charged with killing two men of foreign origin, aged 66 and 23, in 2003 and a 20-year-old Swedish woman who had been sitting in a car with an immigrant man with a criminal record, in 2009.
He also faces 12 attempted murder charges for firing shots with a Glock 19 pistol at homes, businesses and cars and out in the open, seriously injuring a number of people and coming close to killing many others.
"His actions have put lives in danger," prosecutor Solveig Wollstad said as she described each case, including shots fired at a Malmoe mosque.
Mangs is also suspected of plotting another murder, repeatedly carrying his gun to the home of a man he allegedly intended to kill.
Other charges against him included making illegal threats, vandalism and aggravated judicial tampering, all between 2009 and 2010.
Wollstad insisted last week that the prosecution had a very strong case, referring to a large number of witness accounts, as well as technical and digital evidence listed in the 60-page charge sheet.
The exact motive remained unclear, Wollstad said last week, adding: "There is a certain level of xenophobia but also other things, like aggression towards people who have previously been found guilty of crime."