U.S. judge orders continued pretrial detention for accused Jan. 6 rioter 'King James'

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A mob of supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump combat with members of instrumentality enforcement astatine a doorway they broke unfastened arsenic they tempest the U.S. Capitol Building successful Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo

WASHINGTON, Nov 2 (Reuters) - A national justice connected Tuesday ordered continued pretrial detention for a erstwhile U.S. Marine facing aggregate felony charges related to his allegedly convulsive conduct, including throwing a rod astatine police, during the Jan. 6. U.S. Capitol riot.

Beryl Howell, main U.S. District justice successful Washington, told Arizona nonmigratory James McGrew, 39, that the "weight of grounds is beardown and merits pretrial detention."

Howell said McGrew had violated probation helium was serving for an earlier discourtesy by travelling to Washington connected Jan. 6 and had an extended transgression record.

The justice said McGrew, whose abdomen features a ample gothic-lettered tattoo labelling him "King James," participated "enthusiastically ... successful a convulsive battle connected the Capitol," assuming a enactment presumption among rioters.

"I bash find the suspect poses a information to the community" beyond Jan. 6, Howell said.

According to a lawsuit summary filed by prosecutors, grounds showed that aboriginal successful the riot, McGrew cheered arsenic a mob of demonstrators archetypal drove backmost constabulary defending the Capitol's West Plaza, wherever helium seemingly was pepper-sprayed.

Prosecutors said helium subsequently entered the U.S. Capitol, encouraging different rioters to participate with him, and past became assertive erstwhile constabulary asked him to permission the Rotunda, wherever helium was pepper-sprayed again. Prosecutors said that immoderate clip aft exiting the Capitol building, McGrew threw a rod astatine police.

Defense lawyer William Shipley acknowledged that riot video did amusement that McGrew "took a clasp of" a rod and threw it "like a javelin." Shipley complained that his lawsuit had already spent six months successful pretrial detention.

More than 660 radical person been charged with taking portion successful the attack, an unsuccessful effort to halt Congress from certifying Democratic President Joe Biden's predetermination victory, which erstwhile president Donald Trump falsely claimed was the effect of wide fraud.

Reporting by Mark Hosenball successful Washington Editing by Matthew Lewis

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