The FBI releases new videos and photos of the most violent rioters from the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
An attorney representing an East Naples man suspected of participating in the U.S. Capitol riot in January filed an emergency motion on Friday stating the suspect has cancer and is at risk of COVID-19 exposure while in custody.
Worrell assaulted a line of law enforcement officers with pepper spray gel outside the U.S. Capitol building during the riot in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6, according to the prosecution.
Although Worrell did not enter the U.S. Capitol building to the government’s knowledge, he lied to law enforcement officers about his conduct at the riot, refused to turn himself in for arrest where directed and issued a vague threat about a potential witness, according to prosecution.
Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, denied bond for Worrell on March 19 and ruled he must remain in custody until his trial, according to court documents.
Worrell is currently being held at the Charlotte County Jail in Punta Gorda pending his extradition to Washington D.C.
The suspect is without access to his prescribed cancer medication and is developing lymphomas on the skin of his face putting him at great risk for further complications and COVID-19 exposure, according to an emergency motion from his attorney.
The emergency motion requests the court reconsiders Worrell’s pretrial detention and releases him from custody pending a trial.
Worrell is seeking a conditional release that would include ankle monitoring and home detention, according to the emergency motion from his attorney.
“Mr. Worrell suffers from — and is currently undergoing treatment for — non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and must be released so that he can continue receiving treatment; second, Mr. Worrell’s immune system has been compromised by the cancer, making him highly susceptible to COVID-19,” the emergency motion states.
Included in the emergency motion is an affidavit from Dr. Bino Rucker of Bradenton. The affidavit states Rucker is Worrell’s treating oncologist for his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Worrell was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2007, which can weaken the body’s ability to fight infection, according to the affidavit.
As a result, cancer survivors, such as Worrell, are at higher risk of infectious diseases such as COVID-19, according to the affidavit.
Since his detention, Worrell has suffered aggravating symptoms of his cancer, including lymphomas on the skin of his face, according to the affidavit.
Transferring Worrell to home confinement would decrease the risk to his health in connection with COVID-19, according to the affidavit.
Worrell is represented by John Pierce, former attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse.
Pierce, an attorney with Pierce Bainbridge in Los Angeles, had been representing Rittenhouse as well as promoting his case and soliciting money for his defense. He has since parted ways with Rittenhouse, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Feb. 4.
Rittenhouse was charged after he fatally shot two men with an AR-15-style rifle on Aug. 25, the third night of protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Protests occurred in Kenosha after a police officer shot a Black man seven times, leaving him paralyzed.
On Twitter, Pierce has voiced disagreement with restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, particularly in his home state of California.
“Every restriction lifted immediately. Masks off and churches open,” Pierce tweeted on Feb. 17.
According to pictures of Worrell at the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, he didn’t follow CDC guidelines and wear a mask.
According to photos from the prosecution that appear to show Worrell at the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, he didn’t follow CDC guidelines and wear a mask. The photos were not challenged at a hearing where they were presented as evidence.
The emergency motion lists several other reasons Worrell should be released from jail pending his trial, besides the risk of contracting COVID-19 while in custody.
“Allegedly Mr. Worrell was caught up in the frenzy of the crowd and allegedly was among a group of thousands outside the Capitol. However, there is no evidence that his intention was to cause mayhem, storm the Capital, or disrupt the operation of our democratic process,” the emergency order reads. “There is no evidence that he poses an ongoing danger to any person or to the community.”
Pierce did not respond to a request for comment before publication of this story.
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