Trial date set for Covington man charged in connection with January 6 riot

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – A trial date has been set for another of six southwestern Virginia people charged in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.

It will be several months before Joshua Haynes faces a jury. In the meantime, he asks a judge to be moved closer to DC while he awaits trial.

Joshua Haynes was arrested in July 2021. The FBI said in a criminal complaint that a man matching his description was seen on January 6, 2021 at the Capitol.

Stills from surveillance video from that day show a man the FBI believes is Haynes picking up and destroying media material. They also believe he can be seen removing an air conditioning unit from a Capitol window.

Investigators also said Haynes sent selfies from inside the Capitol, texting friends, “…we broke inside.”

In interviews with officers at his home in Covington, officials said he told them, “If the country continued as before, January 6 would not be an isolated event.”

He was charged with eight counts related to the event.

Haynes was first held under high-intensity house arrest — but then arrested in Alleghany County — later convicted of strangulation and unlawful wounding.

He was incarcerated at the Central Virginia Regional Jail, where – in a recent filing – his attorney claims he was moved to a maximum-security wing.

He says: “…it is the inability to meet the accused face to face with a laptop computer to discuss discovery and court proceedings that is the problem.”

At a status conference on Friday afternoon, a DC judge said she would recommend Haynes be transferred to the Central Treatment Facility in Washington DC.

His trial, which the government expects to last a week. is set for November 14.

Haynes, his attorney and the government will meet again in front of a DC judge at least twice before the trial. He is due back in court at the end of July.

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Elna M. Lemons