An lawyer for the couple who had been charged with brandishing weapons as Black Lives Matter protesters marched previous their St. Louis house in June mentioned they are going to show “with absolute certainty” that they didn’t commit against the law.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey made their first court appearance in the case on Monday — precisely one week after they nearly addressed the Republican Nationwide Conference.
“We’re merely anxious to take away all of the noise from this case, transfer the case ahead, and have the information heard by a jury and let the jury resolve whether or not or not the McCloskeys dedicated any felony offenses as a result of we’re satisfied with absolute certainty that there was no felony dedicated right here,” mentioned the McCloskeys’ lawyer Joel Schwartz.
They didn’t enter a plea, and the decide continued the case till Oct. 6.
The couple didn’t communicate to reporters afterward.
Mark McCloskey, 63, stood outdoors their mansion in June holding an AR-15 rifle whereas Patricia McCloskey, 61, was armed with a semiautomatic pistol after protesters broke down the gate encircling their neighborhood and turned down their non-public avenue.
The couple mentioned they felt threatened as a result of the protesters knocked down an iron gate and ignored a “No Trespassing” signal.
Talking on the RNC, Mark McCloskey decried the calls to “defund the police” and mentioned Democrats appear intent on defending criminals over Americans.
“Not a single individual in the out-of-control mob you noticed at our home was charged with against the law,” he mentioned. “However you understand who was? We had been.”
Missouri Lawyer Normal Eric Schmitt mentioned in July he was transferring to dismiss the case.
With Submit wires