St Louis couple who pointed guns at BLM protesters plead not guilty to unlawfully using their weapons
MARK and Patricia McCloskey have pleaded not guilty after facing charges for pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters in front of their St. Louis home in June.
The duo pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges of unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence, KSDK reported.
The couple will now head to trial.
A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for October 28, KSDK reported.
The McCloskeys – who are both lawyers – each face two counts of exhibiting a weapon and tampering with evidence, KSDK reported.
A grand jury found probable cause that Patricia had tampered with her pistol when she handed it over to cops in July.
They were charged on October 6 – more than three months after the incident occurred.
Pictures showed the couple standing outside their St. Louis home in the June incident.
Mark was seen holding a semi-automatic rifle, as Patricia pointed a pistol.
The couple claim they were justified in their actions, as they claimed that the demonstrators marching on Mayor Lyda Krewson's home were threatening them.
The McCloskey's claimed that protesters ignored a "No Trespassing sign," and broke down an iron gate, the Associated Press reported.
Demonstration organizers, however, said that the gate was not damaged by them.
Nine protesters were cited for trespassing in connection with the incident.
They were charged with misdemeanor trespassing – but the city counselor's office later dropped the charges, the AP reported.
Mark McCloskey spoke about the incident when leaving court last week.
“We didn't fire a shot. People were violently protesting in front of our house and screaming death threats and threats of rape and threats of arson," Mark McCloskey said on October 6.
"Nobody gets charged but we get charged.
“The government chooses to persecute us for doing no more than exercising our right to defend ourselves, our home, our property and our family and now we're getting [dragged] here time after time after time and for what?” he questioned.
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