Prosecutors on Monday called their final witnesses in the trial of Guy Refitt, an alleged participant in last year’s Capitol riots that authorities say made threats shoots his own children when they show him.
Reffitt, a 49-year-old member of the far-right Texas Three Percenters militia group, is the first to stand trial in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021 events on the Capitol grounds and interference with police officers guarding the building.
The jury heard Monday from two officers who tried to stop Reffitt from entering the building and an FBI agent involved in the investigation.
Reffitt declined to testify in his own defense.
Fellow Three Percenter Rocky Hardie testified last week that Refitt said he wanted to physically remove members of Congress from the Capitol and replace them with people who “follow the Constitution.”
Hardie told the court he viewed Refitt’s words as “exaggeration” and didn’t think he would act on it.
After the riot, authorities said, Refitt warned his children not to speak to law enforcement about him.
“If you report me, you are a traitor and you know what happens to traitors,” Refitt said to his son and daughter, according to court documents. “Traitors will be shot.”
Refitt’s 18-year-old son eventually gave the FBI a lead on his father’s role in the attack.
Refitt also faces charges of obstructing an official process, transporting firearms during a civil disturbance and obstructing justice.
More than 750 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the insurgency. Over 220 defendants have pleaded guilty, more than 100 have been convicted and at least 90 others have trial dates.
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