ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The uncle of a Missouri woman accused of participating in the riot at the U.S. Capitol last month is now facing charges himself. A federal complaint against William Merry Jr. of St. Louis County was unsealed late Thursday.
Merry is the uncle of 21-year-old Emily Hernandez, of Sullivan, who was charged on Jan. 16. A charging document says video and photos show Hernandez and Merry holding a broken piece of the nameplate from outside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office.
Merry’s lawyer says Merry doesn’t condone violence “or any type of insurrection of the government.”