ST. LOUIS – A gun-waving couple who drew national attention after being photographed in front of their home brandishing firearms at protesters has been indicted.
A grand jury indicted Mark and Patricia McCloskey Tuesday afternoon on charges of exhibiting guns at a protest and tampering with evidence.
Earlier in the day, a St. Louis judge continued the case against the McCloskeys until next week.
The couple pointed guns at protestors back in June, who were marching through their gated Central West End neighborhood on their way to Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home.
The McCloskeys were previously charged by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner with a felony after the incident with protestors outside their CWE home.
The McCloskeys have said they feared for their safety and their attorney, Joel Schwartz, argued that they are not guilty of any felony offenses. No shots were ever fired.
“What you’re witnessing here in this case is just an opportunity for the government, the leftist, Democrat government of the city of St. Louis to persecute us for doing no more than exercising our Second Amendment rights,” said Mark McCloskey. “Every single human being who was in front of my house was a criminal trespasser.”
Trespassing ordinance violation charges were eventually dropped against nine of the protestors. Schwartz called that “illuminating” saying that the protestors were on the McCloskey’s property.
Schwartz said the McCloskeys will enter “not guilty” pleas.
“Under the law, you have the opportunity, you have the right–arguably the duty–to defend your own personal property, as well as the safety of your person,” Schwartz said. “Given what was going in the city at this point in time when this case occurred, the McCloskeys were well within their rights when these people broke down the gate and marched in front of their house.”
Schwartz said he’ll enter a motion in court next Wednesday asking that Gardner be disqualified from the case due to a conflict of interest. He did not elaborate on that claim any further.
Meanwhile, Missouri Governor Mike Parson has previously said that he would pardon the McCloskey if they’re convicted because they were protecting their home.