Trial date set for Covington man charged in connection with January 6 riot

Published: Jun. 10, 2022 at 6:08 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - A trial date has been set for another one of the six people from southwest Virginia charged in connection with the January 6th Capitol riots.

It will be several months before Joshua Haynes is set to face a jury. In the meantime, he is asking a judge to be moved closer to D.C. while he awaits trial.

Joshua Haynes was arrested in July 2021. The FBI said in a criminal complaint that a man matching his description was seen January 6, 2021 at the Capitol.

Stills from surveillance video that day show a man the FBI said is Haynes picking up and slamming down media equipment. They also think he can be seen removing an AC unit from a Capitol window.

Investigators also said Haynes sent selfies from inside the Capitol, texting friends, “...we stormed inside.”

In interviews with officers at his home in Covington, officials say he told them, “if the country continued going the way it was, January 6th would not be an isolated event.”

He was indicted on eight charges in connection with the event.

Haynes was put on high intensity house arrest at first - but then arrested in Alleghany County - later convicted of strangulation and unlawful wounding.

He’s been incarcerated at the Central Virginia Regional Jail, where - in a recent document - his attorney claims, he’s been moved to a maximum-security wing.

He says, “...it is the inability to meet with the defendant face to face with a laptop computer to discuss discovery and legal proceedings that is the problem.”

In a status conference Friday afternoon, a DC judge said she would recommend a move for Haynes to the Central Treatment Facility in Washington D.C.

His trial, which the government expects to last one week. has been set for November 14.

Haynes, his lawyer and the government will meet again before a DC judge at least twice before trial. He is due to be in court again in late July.

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