Capitol riot trial of Mercer County woman enters second day Wednesday
The trial of a Mercer County woman charged for her alleged part in the January 6th incursion at the US Capitol is scheduled to continue for a second day on Wednesday.
That's according to the U.S. Attorney's Office which on Monday, began presenting its case against Rachel Powell before U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth in Washington.
Powell, who traveled to the Washington area with family members, sent out a tweet Tuesday night saying she expects the bench trial to wrap up on Wednesday.
"Long day today. We have more trial tomorrow. I am glad the judge cut us off and sent us home because part of it was so long and drawn out but I’m not sure why. We should be finished tomorrow. The kids are being troopers with this long court day."
According to investigators, the 43-year-old Sandy Lake mother of eight carried an ice axe and a "large" wooden pole into the Capitol while Vice President Pence was in the building to take part in the process of certifying the results of the previous November's election.
Powell, the so-called "pink hat lady" and "bullhorn lady" was charged after authorities say videos showed her in the crowd of people storming the Capitol in support of Donald Trump's false claims of election fraud.
An affidavit says Powell was seen using the bullhorn to give instructions about the layout of the Capitol building and instructing others on how to "take this building."
Powell faces nine charges that include civil disorder, obstruction, destruction of US property, entering a restricted building or property with a dangerous weapon, and disorderly conduct.