A gun-toting Capitol rioter from Texas — who's accused of threatening to kill his children if they turned him in — could soon become the first person to stand trial on charges stemming from the insurrection.
However, U.S. District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich rejected Reffitt's motion for a change of venue, saying he had "not come close" to demonstrating that such a move is necessary.
After Reffitt, through his attorney, declined to waive his right to a speedy trial, Friedrich scheduled the proceeding for Nov. 15.
"(A)ppears Guy Reffitt will be the 1st #CapitolRiot defendant to go to trial on November 15 – one month from today," WUSA9's Jordan Fischer reported. "Witnesses and exhibit lists are due to the other parties by November 1."
"Parties need to be prepared for opening statements on November 17," Fischer added. "Trial is expected to take 5 days. Guy Reffitt says it is his desire to go to trial on November 15 knowing he has not received all of the evidence the DOJ says may be available in his case."
Reffitt is accused of transporting a rifle and a semi-automatic handgun from Texas to Washington — where he allegedly planned to use them during the insurrection. According to federal prosecutors, he illegally carried the handgun on Capitol grounds. Prosecutors also allege Reffitt played a "significant and dangerous role" at the front of the first group of rioters to challenge a police line trying to secure the building.
After returning home to Wylie, Texas, Reffitt allegedly told his son and daughter: "If you turn me in, you're a traitor and you know what happens to traitors … traitors get shot."