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Jurors will begin deliberations Monday in the trial of Richard “Bigo” Barnett, the Gravette man charged in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the nation’s Capitol.

Closing arguments were Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. The court indicated on its website that the trial would resume at at 9 a.m. Eastern time Monday.

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Judge Christopher R. Cooper provided instructions to the jury Friday.

During the trial, which began two weeks ago, Barnett, 62, testified in his own defense, saying he has some regrets and would apologize to then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if he could, the Washington Post reported. He also contended the high-voltage stun-gun attachment to his walking staff wasn’t working during the riots even though he carried the weapon into the Capitol, according to WUSA9’s Jordan Fischer.

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The deadly riots at the Capitol were a failed attempt to prevent Congress from certifying the 2020 presidential election results in which Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump.

Barnett gained notoriety after posing for a picture with one of his feet propped on a desk in Pelosi’s office. He also said he took an envelope addressed to a congressman from Pelosi’s office because he got blood on it. To compensate, he has said he left a quarter.

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Barnett also left a vulgar note for Pelosi and later got into a confrontation with police because he said he left his flag in Pelosi’s office and wanted to go back and get it.

Barnett is charged with eight offenses:

  • Theft of government property.
  • Entering and remaining in the Capitol with a deadly or dangerous weapon, a stun gun.
  • Obstruction of an official government proceeding and aiding and abetting.
  • Civil Disorder.
  • Theft of government property.
  • Disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon.
  • Entering and remaining in certain rooms in the Capitol building.
  • Disorderly conduct in a Capitol Building.
  • Parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.

In another high-profile Jan. 6 case involving an Arkansan, Conway resident Peter Stager, 43, is scheduled to enter a change of plea Feb. 16 in Washington, D.C. Stager is accused of beating a police officer with a flagpole and has been jailed since shortly after the riots.

 

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