Benton man in custody for alleged role in Jan. 6 riot

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BENTON, Ky. - A Marshall County man charged in connection to Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was still in jail Friday night, despite a judge's denial of a motion to keep him in custody, mutiple media outlets reported. 


A federal judge on Friday denied the U.S. attorney's motion to keep Clayton Ray Mullins in custody.


The U.S. Attorney's Office says Mullins is a danger to the community, and that he carried out violent acts that harmed a Capitol police officer.


After the judge announced his decision, the U.S. Attorney's Office filed a motion of stay to keep Mullins in custody, WPSD and WKMS reported.


Prosecutors played video in court that shows Mullins, who is from Benton, Ky., dragging the officer down steps. The video shows the officer being pulled into a mob and beaten.


Charges against him are:

  • Assaulting, Resisting or Impeding Certain Officers


  • Obstruction of Law Enforcement during Civil Disorder


  • Knowingly Entering or Remaining in Any Restricted Building or Grounds


  • Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds


  • Engaging in Physical Violence in a Restricted Building or Grounds


  • Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds


Mullins’ wife, Nancy, was called to the stand Friday. She said she was with Mullins the day of the riot,but did not go as close to the Capitol building as he did.

The judge also set a preliminary hearing for Friday March 11.

The Ohio Valley ReSource recently reported at least 21 people from Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia have been charged in connection to the Jan. 6 riot and insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. 

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