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Former WV Lawmaker Pleads Not Guilty to Charges Connected to US Capitol Riot

May 26th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

Former West Virginia House Delegate Derrick Evans has pleaded not guilty to charges related to his participation in the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot.  The four counts against Evans include entering and remaining in a restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.

All of the charge are misdemeanors.

Evans resigned his seat in the Legislature a few days after the incident, in which a woman was fatally shot while trying to climb into the chambers, three others died from “medical emergencies” and more than 100 police officers were injured.

During Evans' plea hearing, his attorney notified the court that negotiations with federal prosecutors for a possible plea deal are ongoing. The U.S. District Court judge then scheduled a status conference for June 25.