A picture of Christopher Worrell released by the FBI

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A federal judge has said that a Capitol riot suspect who claims his medical condition is worsening in jail was lying, and declined to free him, court documents show.

Christopher Worrell, a member of the Proud Boys, was arrested in Florida in March and accused of pepper-spraying Capitol Police officers during the riot, engaging in violence and disorderly conduct, and other charges.

He was indicted on April 9 and held without bond pending trial, according to Justice Department filings.

Worrell has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him.

Worrell, who was jailed shortly after his March 12 arrest in Florida, has twice applied to a judge to be freed on medical grounds.

In his first emergency motion for reconsideration, filed on March 26, Worrell, who has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, said his condition was “rapidly deteriorating,” that the government was not providing adequate medical treatment, and that his condition puts him at risk of contracting infections related to COVID-19, court filings said.

Worrell also tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after arriving in jail.

The motion was rejected by US District Court Judge Beryl Howell and, on May 11, Worrell filed a second motion for reconsideration. 

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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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