The St. Louis couple, Patricia and Mark McCloskey, who was seen waving guns at protestors have recently been indicted by a grand jury.
The lawyer for the McCloskeys, who were also guest speakers at the recent RNC, has confirmed the indictment. Fox News reports that the couple is being charged for unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence, per Attorney Al Watkins.
The couple was captured on video confronting the protesters with an AR-15 rifle and a semiautomatic pistol. They’ve expressed their dissent over the charges against during their RNC, saying: “They’ve actually charged us with felonies for daring to defend our home.”
“baseless” charges against St. Louis couple?
The couple’s other lawyer, Joel Schwartz, told NBC News that the charges against his clients are “baseless.”
Accordingly, the McCloskeys are facing two counts for each charge: exhibiting a weapon and tampering with evidence, KDSK reports.
However, it is yet unclear as to what the prosecutors presented to the grand jury, which resulted in the addition of the tampering with evidence charge. This type of proceedings is usually done in “secret” or in private.
The Office of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner is yet to comment on this result. Nonetheless, she told the public via a statement back in July that “it was illegal to ‘wave weapons in a threatening manner at those participating in a nonviolent protest.'”
Tampering with evidence?
As mentioned, the media is yet to find out what led to the added charge of tampering with evidence. Although KDSK reports that Patricia McCloskey, who was seen holding the pistol, said that it was “inoperable.”
During the June 28 confrontation, as reported, Patricia said the pistol was a “prop” she used “during a trial against a gun manufacturer.”
Atty. Watkins has accused the prosecutors, via Fox News, “of tampering with the pistol by assembling it in a way that it could be fired.”
Watkins further expressed:
“Hate to say it, but the state has a lot of problems with this one. And they transcend not just the evidence, but they actually are remarkably problematic from the standpoint of prosecutorial misconduct.”
What does the indictment mean to the St. Louis couple?
The indictment meant that the prosecutors gave enough evidence to convince the grand jury that their charges against the couple have merit. That the evidence is enough to head on to trial.
Per KDSK, judges Michael Stelzer and Thomas Clark will handle the couple’s trial. They will have to enter a plea during the arrangements.
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