Local business owner still awaits court day after January 6 insurgency

WACO, Texas (KWTX) – A year after the insurgency on Capitol Hill, more than 700 people have been charged, including a local business owner.

Chris Grider, who owns a local winery, was in Washington, DC last year on January 6. He told KWTX about his experience, including entering the Capitol. He was arrested in January, but has not been detained since February.

Grider’s attorney Brent Mayr said the case was moving slowly.

“No trial date has been set. We have a status conference next week, ”Mayr said. “And the reason no trial date has been set is that this case is taking a long time to develop. There are just mountains of evidence that the government has to look at before they then give it to us for review. “

Mayr said that generally, federal investigations can take a year, or even two, before charges are laid. In that case, Mayr said charges were filed swiftly. Now the government has to go through the lengthy process of reviewing and presenting the evidence.

Currently, Grider is out of custody as his case progresses, but Mayr has said he faces several restrictions.

“He’s wearing an ankle monitor. It is being watched by federal authorities in Waco, ”Mayr said. “He can still go to work, he is still able to provide for his family, but he still has many restrictions. He cannot travel without permission from the court. He must be at home between certain hours of the night.

Mayr said this case is unprecedented, and that’s one of the challenges. He said another challenge is the tendency to label everyone the same.

“Everyone who was in Washington, DC on Jan. 6 has had a different experience,” Mayr said. “There were people there who went there with the intention of doing harm with the intention of obstructing the process, okay. But it was not the same for every person who was there. And so trying to distinguish, create and differentiate people like Chris is the real challenge. “

Grider faces several charges, including obstructing a formal process, which Mayr said they were working to drop. He pleaded not guilty to all counts.

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