Westside Eagle-Observer

Barnett’s D.C. riot trial to begin Jan. 9


WASHINGTON — The trial of a Gravette man charged in the U.S. Capitol riot has been reschedule­d for the week of Jan. 9.

Richard “Bigo” Barnett’s trial was previously set to begin on Dec. 12 in the District of Columbia.

His attorneys asked that the trial be moved to March. Federal prosecutor­s responded, saying they didn’t object to a continuanc­e but they would like for it to be only 30 to 45 days.

U.S. District Judge Christophe­r R. Cooper, in a court filing, said he could grant a “brief continuanc­e.”

He gave both parties until Monday of last week to file a joint motion with available trial dates. They did that, saying the week of Jan. 9 was preferable, but the week of Jan. 16 was an alternativ­e.

In an order filed on Nov. 29, Judge Cooper also vacated a pretrial conference set for Dec. 9 and reschedule­d it for Jan. 4.

“The parties shall exchange exhibit lists and identify all expert witnesses no later than December 19, 2022,” wrote Cooper. “The parties shall file objections to the admissibil­ity of any exhibits within 3 business days

after receipt of the exhibit list. The parties shall jointly submit a short narrative descriptio­n of the case, to be read to the prospectiv­e jurors, and proposed voir dire questions no later than December 19, 2022.”

Proposed jury instructio­ns and a proposed verdict form are to be filed no later than Dec. 27.

Barnett, 62, faces seven charges. Among them, he is charged with taking a dangerous weapon — a stun gun — into the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and for obstructin­g an official government proceeding: Congress’ meeting to certify the Electoral College vote count indicating Joe Biden won the 2020 presidenti­al election.

Barnett received considerab­le media attention after posing for photos with his foot on a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office suite.

Cooper previously rejected a request by Barnett to move his trial to the Western District of Arkansas.

Besides Barnett, Peter Francis Stager, 43, of Conway, also faces felony charges in connection with the riot. Stager remains in the District of Columbia jail. He is the only Jan. 6 defendant from Arkansas still incarcerat­ed.

Jon Thomas Mott, 39, of Yellville, faces misdemeano­r charges in connection with the Jan. 6 breach. He was scheduled for a plea agreement hearing on Nov. 30.

All three have pleaded innocent.

Robert Thomas Snow, 78, of Heber Springs, pleaded guilty to a misdemeano­r charge for “parading, demonstrat­ing or picketing in the Capitol building.” He was sentenced to probation and community service.

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