Judge sets trial date for Florida on January 6 Rioter Mason Courson

About nine months after Broward man Mason Courson (aka #Tweedledumb) was arrested for his alleged role in the deadly January 6 Capitol riot, he is due to stand trial in Washington DC

On Friday, Senior U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan set Courson’s jury selection and trial for early September 25. Courson is accused of joining the crowd of rioters chanting “Heave, ho!” as they made their way through the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, leaving DC Metropolitan Police Officer Daniel Hodges crushed and bleeding between two doors. Courson faces eight federal charges, including assault, resisting or obstructing officers and bodily harm, civil disorder, and entering and staying in a building or restricted area with a deadly or dangerous weapon.

Sullivan also set the trial date for the other defendants. Clayton Ray Mullins from Kentucky; former sheriff’s deputy Ronald Colton McAbee of Tennessee; and Logan James Barnhart from Michigan. The trial is expected to last about three weeks.

Courson’s attorney, Nicholas Smith, did not respond to new times‘ request for comment by e-mail.

Courson is one of the most 890 people — dozens of them Floridians — who have been slapped with federal charges for their alleged roles in the storming of the US Capitol to overturn the 2020 election results. The 26-year-old, who grew up in Weston and attended Cypress Bay High School, later moved to Tamarac, where he was arrested by US Marshals on December 14 for his alleged role in the attack.

According to a Nov. 17 federal indictment, Courson and a group of rioters broke into the lower west terrace tunnel of the Capitol at around 3:15 p.m. on Jan. 6. About an hour later, prosecutors say, the group assaulted an officer with a baton. , mast and stand.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) worked to identify Courson via social media in the months following the unprecedented attack, particularly on Twitter, where they shared photos of him wearing a red Trump beanie at the exterior of the Capitol. Before his identity was confirmed, internet sleuths gave Courson and another similar-looking man who appeared alongside him in a Trump cap the nicknames #Tweedledee and #Tweedledumb.

As previously reported by new times, Courson’s mother, Angelica Rea, created a campaign on Christian crowdfunding platform GiveSendGo seeking to raise $50,000 to help cover Courson’s legal fees and other financial obligations. He says Courson had “no malicious intent” when he went to see then-President Trump speak on Jan. 6, but found himself in a situation he “never imagined.”

“He’s a man with a strong Christian faith, an amazing father, son and brother, and he loves his country, believes in freedom,” says the fundraiser, “a true patriot as we’re all called now .”

The campaign has raised $3,807 as of August 16. The most recent donation, $30, was made five days ago by someone who wrote, “We are praying for you!

Elna M. Lemons